Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign emergency legislation to allow certain California high school seniors to graduate this year without passing an exit exam.
About 5,000 students in the class of 2015 faced the lack of a diploma, and possible problems getting jobs or attending college, after the state superintendent of public instruction cancelled this summer’s exam, having decided the test was not in step with the new curriculum based on Common Core.
“Students who’ve been accepted into college should not be prevented from starting class this fall because of a test cancellation they could not control,” said Brown spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman.
She said the governor would sign the bill, sent to him Monday by state lawmakers.
“This situation is not the fault of the students,” said Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of San Dimas.
The bill would allow students who have met all other graduation requirements to receive their diploma.
“We have a high school graduation requirement in place that no one can meet,” added Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Canada-Flintridge).
The Senate voted 36-0 to approve a bill that, if signed by the governor would take effect immediately and exempt 12th graders this year from the requirement for passing the exit exam.
“We want to support our young people in moving forward with their lives,” said Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley).