The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a program established by California law (Education Code Section 48412). If eligible to take the test, you can earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the CHSPE. The CHSPE consists of two sections: an English-language Arts section and a Mathematics section. If you pass both sections of the CHSPE, the California State Board of Education will award you a Certificate of Proficiency, which by state law is equivalent to a high school diploma (although not equivalent to completing all coursework required for regular graduation from high school). All persons and institutions subject to California law that require a high school diploma for any purpose must accept the certificate as satisfying the requirement.
I was able to log on yesterday and see her results. I was happy to see that she passed with a wide margin in the Writing and Reading sections. Her math score was respectable, but nothing flashy.
In many ways, nothing will change for us except that now she won't need a work permit and she can work any hours she chooses. Normally, 16 year-old employees can't work during school hours and their hours are limited. We are hoping that this flexibility will make it easier for her to find a job.
We may or may not use the CHSPE results at our local community college. High school students can enroll anyway, but they are the last to register and classes options are limited. The benefit for concurrent enrollment is that tuition is free. Free won't matter if we can't register for the classes she wants.
We need to take a trip out to our community college and see which path makes sense.