Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Most New Haven Unified School District students who still haven't passed the California State High School Exit Exam and need to in order to get a 2006 diploma seem to have given up trying, but the few that decided to take one last crack at the high-stakes test had to endure sweltering temperatures in the Pavilion while taking the Language Arts portion of the test Tuesday morning.
Twenty-five of 150 eligible students chose to take the CAHSEE Tuesday House Principal Alberto Solorzano said he was prepared to give the test to the 150 or so James Logan High School and New Haven Adult School students eligible to take the CAHSEE Tuesday and Wednesday, but only 25 showed up to the Pavilion.
Solorzano said it appeared by the low turnout that most of the students who could have taken the test for a last-ditch chance at getting a diploma if they passed "have moved on."
He said administrators from California high schools had met with state officials to discuss the implementation of this week's test, which was added to the testing schedule in April at the urging of school administrators from around the state to give the 40,000 plus California seniors who haven't yet passed the required test in order to graduate another chance, and had warned the state that participation would be low because of the test's timing in the middle of the summer.
The 25 test takers on Tuesday, who appeared to be primarily students who speak English as a second language, had to deal with soaring temperatures in the cavernous building, which did not seem to be air-conditioned.
A test procter complained that the students were going to sleep during the test due to the sweltering conditions. At least one student felt ill during the test and had to leave the room until she recovered enough to resume answering the test's question.
Testing continues today when students take the Mathematics portion of the CAHSEE.