Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that allows California students in the class of 2015 to receive their diplomas without passing—or taking—the state’s exit exam.
The new law was designed to fix a problem that arose when California education leaders let their contract for the exit exam lapse.
That move left about 5,000 students without diplomas because the July session of the exit exam—the last one of the academic year—was canceled. Unable to graduate, some of those students were suddenly blocked in their plans for college, training programs, or the military.
A version of this article appeared in the September 09, 2015 edition of Education Week as Calif. Drops Exit Exam for Class of 2015