Former state Sen. Gary Hart, who died last week at 78, authored bills allowing charter schools in California, creating a statewide student assessment and a minimum school year.
Exam suspended in 2015 no longer required for graduation, now that state has adopted new Common Core standards and school accountability metrics.
State statistics show that 83.2 percent of students who entered high school in 2012-13 had graduated by 2016. But gaps as large as 20 percentage points separate some ethnic groups.
About 82 percent of the state's high school students graduated last year.
"A shot of confidence" and new opportunities for some; others are still waiting.
Explore the events and conversation that led to the suspension of the high school exit exam, leaving its future in limbo.
An estimated 40,000 students statewide are eligible.
Among the new laws are changes for math placement and class instruction time.
Bill also suspends high school exit exam for three years.
Telesis Radford describes what life has been like since not passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in 2006.
Students who failed the exit exam might be granted diplomas.
The new law would grant diplomas to those who failed the high school exit exam.
The law would apply to students who have been trying to graduate since 2006.