California High School Exit Exam

I just happened to see Lou Dobbs Tonight on May 11th. The item that caught my attention is about the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

To get a diploma for passing the 12th grade, California students have to take the CAHSEE. Asking the students to prove their abilities through an exam before they proceed to a 4-year college program seems to make perfect sense.

The problem seems to be that the program overview says:

The CAHSEE has two parts: English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The ELA part addresses state content standards through grade ten … The mathematics part of the CAHSEE addresses state standards in grades six and seven and Algebra I.

What I fail to understand is why 12th grade students are being tested for:
1. anything less than 12th grade exams, AND
2. only Math and English!

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