School administrators across the region are planning graduation ceremonies with Plans A and B as they await word from the California Supreme Court on whether the high school exit exam will be reinstated as a graduation requirement this year...
The state appealed the case to the California Supreme Court on Friday, asking the high court to reinstate the test as a graduation requirement...
It remains uncertain whether the state Supreme Court will rule on the case at all because it has not gone through a court of appeal. But the court requested additional briefs from lawyers for the state and from the law firm that sued over the exit exam.
That's a sign that a decision is imminent, said the court's spokeswoman, Lynn Holton.
"This is definitely on a fast track," she said.
So, what's the problem?
Still, some students who fail the test could end up graduating before a ruling comes down -- leaving open the possibility that the rules change by the time another school holds its graduation, and those students would have to have passed the test to earn a diploma.
And wouldn't that be a sticky wicket?
Here are a couple of plans that school districts have for how to deal with students who haven't passed the exit exam, even if its implementation is upheld:
The San Juan Unified, Grant Joint Union High and Galt Joint Union High school districts were already planning to allow all students who had completed their coursework to participate in graduation, even if they'd failed the exit exam.
Those districts are now prepared to give students a diploma if the court ruling stays as is, or a certificate of completion if the ruling changes.
I've worked in two of those three districts. And incidentally, I'm ok with the "certificate of completion" compromise.