Education

Governor approves exit exam reprieve for 5,000 students

California senators approved a measure that would fix a problem that kept 5,000 seniors in the Class of 2015 from taking the high school exit exam and graduating. On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill. (Stock photo shows students lined up during graduation ceremony.)
California senators approved a measure that would fix a problem that kept 5,000 seniors in the Class of 2015 from taking the high school exit exam and graduating. On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill. (Stock photo shows students lined up during graduation ceremony.)
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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation canceling the California exit exam as a requirement for graduation this year, offering a reprieve to about 5,000 students left in limbo when the state canceled the test.

Brown announced signing SB725 on Wednesday without comment.

The legislation by Oakland Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock quickly cleared the Legislature this week as lawmakers sought to help the students. Some were unable to enroll in college or join the military.

The problem developed when the state Department of Education allowed its contract to lapse with the company that provides the exam, forcing a cancellation of the test in July.

The department expected lawmakers to pass legislation suspending the exam before the problem developed. The state is developing new tests aligned with Common Core standards.