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Elimination of Graduation Test Requirements: How to Receive Your Diploma
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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

HB 91: Elimination of Georgia High School Graduation Tests


On Monday, March 30, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 91 into law. This law provides that students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on any graduation test to earn a high school diploma. The law also contains additional details and requirements regarding the ability of students no longer enrolled to petition the local board of education for a diploma.   HB 91 eliminated the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), including the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) and all predecessors (such as the Basic Skills Test) as a requirement for purposes of graduation.

The February 2015 GHSWT and the March 2015 GHSGT mark the last administration of these tests. Catoosa County Schools will not be administering the GHSWT in June 2015. Scores from the February and March administrations will be reported but are not required for graduation purposes.

Catoosa County Schools has developed procedures to comply with HB 91. Former students who would like to submit a request to secure a high school diploma, and who met all graduation requirements except the required high school graduation test, may petition the local board for a diploma. Former students may CLICK HERE for the form that should be submitted to their high school. The Georgia Department of Education has also developed a "Frequently Asked Questions" document which can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

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