ERIC Number: ED193233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The California High School Proficiency Examination: Participation, Performance, Financial Impact, and Relationship to Other Options for Early or Partial Exit from High School. Final Report.
Benson, Charles S.; Stern, David S.
The first of three self-contained studies in this report characterizes those who chose to take the California High School Proficiency Examination and those who passed. Characteristics of examinees' families, schools, and communities were also identified. In the second report, a school financial simulation model calculated district revenues which in California are linked to attendance: loss of students who passed the test and left school early would reduce revenues. Financial impact was low. Its effect on community college attendance was also examined and judged as small but measurable. Finally, juniors, seniors, and counselors were surveyed about knowledge of and participation in the four statewide options for early or partial exit from high school. These are: the proficiency examination, work experience for credit, early graduation, and concurrent enrollment in college courses. These three studies were prompted by an unexpectedly low participation rate (5%) and passing rate (less than half), during the first four years (1975-1979) of this statewide equivalency exam. (CP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Average Daily Attendance, Community Colleges, Cost Estimates, Counselor Attitudes, Equivalency Tests, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Sampling, School Funds, Scores, State Programs, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.
Identifiers: California; California High School Proficiency Examination; Early Graduation
Note: Appendices contain some marginally legible pages.