• California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)


    According to the California Department of Education:


    The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a voluntary test that assesses proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills taught in public schools. Eligible persons who pass the CHSPE are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency by the California State Board of Education. The test is given in English only.




    ·        The CHSPE provides an opportunity for eligible persons who are proficient in basic skills to have that proficiency verified.  The California State Board of Education awards each person who passes the exam a Certificate of Proficiency which is equivalent by law to a high school diploma.


    ·        The award of the certificate will be entered on the recipient's official transcripts.


    ·        Persons passing the exam who have reached their sixteenth birthday may be exempted from attending school, providing they have verified parental permission.


    ·        Certificates of Proficiency may not be withheld from a person (i.e. for charges) unless there is reason to believe that the recipient acted fraudulently.  The Certificate is the property of the student whose name is on it.


    ·        Students who have left school via the CHSPE program have a right to re-enroll in the public high school where they live without prejudice. 


    ·        Obtaining a CHSPE Certificate does not qualify a student for participation in SAUSD graduation/commencement ceremonies.


    ·        The CHSPE does not generate a high school diploma from the school of attendance.



    ·        The CHSPE is recognized by public colleges and universities in California as equivalent to the high school diploma.


    ·        The CHSPE may not be recognized outside of California nor by the military.


    ·        Students passing the CSHPE must still satisfy specific subject admissions requirements to enroll in a college or university.




Last Modified on August 31, 2017