Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Passed the CHSPE

Our oldest daughter recently took the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Examination.

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.



Sally said...

Congratulations. I'm pretty sure my 16 yo could pass the GED with flying colors, but I let her take it, she might think she should be done with school. :) I'm not ready to let her quit yet.

Henry Cate said...

Sally, thank you for your note of support.

It is kind of weird to be seeing our children grow up. Our oldest will be taking a college course in a month or so.

I'm feeling old.

Anonymous said...

What type of questions were on the math? I am having trouble finding a good study guide for the math. I heard the questions are not simply "here is a math word problem, and find the answer." Most study guides are given low reviews. Thanks for any input you can give.

Unknown said...

I'm wondering if anyone found something to study successfully for math portion?

Janine Cate said...

Math is not really something you can cram for. Either you know it or you don't. My kids were no great math students and hadn't done anything past algebra before taking the test and did just fine. It is for the most part an 8th grade math test.

Oh, but we did use ALEKS.COM to practice math. So, I would try that.