Graduation Assessments No Longer Needed to Graduate High School
March 30, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 91 into law, thereby creating a new code section, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1. This law became effective upon the Governor's signature.
This law provides that students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on any graduation tests 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 and a requirement for local school systems to advertise the availability of this opportunity for students whose sole reason for not receiving a high school diploma was due to not passing any part of the graduation tests.
The Burke County Public School System welcomes individuals no longer enrolled in Burke County High School who were denied a high school diploma solely for not achieving a passing score on any of the graduation tests and met all other local and state requirements to submit a petition to the local school system to determine eligibility to receive a high school diploma under O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1.
The form to be completed by the individual seeking their Diploma can be found in the attachment below. The petitioner can also pick up the form at Burke County High School or the Burke County School System central office at 789 Burke Veterans Parkway, Waynesboro, GA 30830.
There is no deadline by which a petition may be submitted.
House Bill 91, BCPS ProceduresO.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1
An individual no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma in this state or was denied graduation solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests or its predecessor or the Georgia High School Writing Test or its predecessor may petition the local board of education in which he or she was last enrolled to determine the Student's eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1 based on the graduation requirements in effect when the Student first entered ninth grade.
1. Individual completes the one-page petitioner form.
2. The completed and signed petitioner form is delivered or mailed to central office.
3. All forms are to the attention of our Records Officer, Mrs. Nancy Sowell
4. Review record(s) to determine if the petitioner has met the requirements.
5. The Superintendent reviews the form(s) and the decision before presenting the approved petitions for Board approval at the next scheduled Burke County Board of Education meeting.