QUOTE


"For what is meant by saying that a government ought to educate the people? Why should they be educated? What is the education for? Clearly, to fit the people for social life - to make them good citizens. And who is to say what are good citizens? The government: there is no other judge. And who is to say how these good citizens may be made? The government: there is no other judge. Hence the proposition is convertible into this - a government ought to mold children into good citizens, using its own discretion in settling what a good citizen is and how the child may be molded into one." - Herbert Spencer, 1850

Join us on: Twitter | Facebook

California High School Proficiency Exam

About the Exam

The California High School Proficiency Exam (abbreviated CHSPE) is a high school exit exam in California that allows any person at the age of 16 or over to apply to take the exam. Passing the CHSPE essentially offers an equivalent to a high school diploma, and legally has as much value as a diploma in any part of the country. Completing the exam does not allow you to leave school upon passing it, though if passed, the taker's parents' may pull their minor out of school.

The CHSPE provides a bit of a more practical alternative to the GED, in more ways than one. The taker does not have to drop out of school in order to take the exam. In addition, the CHSPE carries much less stigma than a GED.

The Exam Itself

The exam is quite basic. It only consists of two sections: English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The English section is made up of two subtests: Reading and Language, which includes a writing task. The Mathematics section, however, stands alone with no subtests.

According to the CHSPE website, the English Reading subtest consists of 54 reading comprehension questions and 30 vocabulary questions, all multiple choice. The English Language subtest involves mechanics and expressions. The Language subtest consists of 48 multiple choice questions and a writing task, which must be completed in the same testing session; in other words. The writing task is a persuasive essay which is scored by writing proficiency, not by knowledge of the subject in question.

The CHSPE website also says that the Mathematics section consists of 50 questions. These questions determine your proficiency in basic Algebra and Geometry, including a bit about probability and statistics.

Each testing session lasts about 3 and a half hours, and neither section (and in the case of the English section, subtests) is timed. This means that the test taker can spend as much time they want, within the testing section, on any section (and subtest) the taker wishes.

Using the Certificate of High School Proficiency to Your Advantage

Once you have passed the exam, you will be mailed a certificate of high school proficiency, which, under California Education Code, section 48412, subsection a), is the legal equivalent to a high school diploma, and must be treated as such in all matters where a high school diploma is involved. If all you want to do is leave school, you're not done yet; you still need to exempt yourself from compulsory education. If you want to do that, and get a job, just refer to the certificate and the legal equivalency of a high school diploma.

To exempt yourself from compulsory education, you must obtain a form from your school, as specified by California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 1, Section 11522, which describes your rights to exemption from compulsory education and re-enrollment (like you'd want that), and includes the date that your certificate was issued, the date your parent have signed it, and a signature from a school official that has verified the authenticity of your parent's signature. If your school fails to produce such a form, it is violating state law (though this may not apply to private schools).

Other Notes

If your school has failed to inform you and your classmates about this exam, assuming that it's a public school, it is violating California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 1, Section 11523, and it is ultimately the responsibility of your principal to issue announcements regarding this exam (before the Fall testing date). A school can be legally challenged if such is the case. Vague references to the CHSPE don't count.

Links

The exam's website

Info on the California Dept Of Education site

(No Comments)

Join us on: Twitter | Facebook
Posted in: Knowledgebase by SoulRiser on August 13, 2021 @ 1:47 AM

BLOG


View Latest Comments
Add a new post


GET UPDATES



You alone are responsible for what you do with the information on this site, but please don't ever hurt yourself or anyone else, or break stuff. Use your brain and always listen to your conscience. Click for full disclaimer.

[disclaimer] [privacy] [spread the word]
:: Powered by Wordpress ::
All articles etc. copyright to whoever wrote them. Please copy and distribute anything on this site, as long as you credit it to the author, and include a link to www.school-survival.net