With the governor’s signature, California officially suspends the High School Exit Exam

In case you missed it, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week suspending the California High School Exit Exam — and the requirement that students pass it as a condition of graduation — through the 2017-18 school year.

shutterstock_53228890Under the provisions of Senate Bill 172 — authored by Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge — school districts must grant diplomas to students who didn’t pass the test but met all other graduation requirements, dating back to the 2003-04 school year. The law also directs the state superintendent to convene an advisory panel to provide recommendations on the future of the exam and other diploma requirements.

State officials say the law won’t officially take effect until Jan. 1, at which time districts and other agencies will be able to issue diplomas to eligible students.

The California Department of Education has more information here, and the Los Angeles Times has a story here. And for answers to some frequently asked questions about the bill, check out this post.