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
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.
The following is a
statement from State Superintendent Woods:
applaud and thank Chairman Brooks Coleman, members of the General Assembly and
Governor Deal for passing and signing House Bill 91. While in 2011 the State
Board of Education eliminated the test as a requirement for graduation, it did
not extend to students who were unsuccessful on the test prior to that time.
House Bill 91 makes it possible for those students to finally obtain their high
school diploma so they can move on to a brighter future. Those who completed
all of the requirements for graduation except for passing one test on one given
day now have the opportunity to go on to some form of postsecondary education,
where they can obtain skills needed to have a great quality of life and be
contributors to our society.”
A petition form must be submitted and copy of a government
issued photo ID must accompany mail in petitions.
Students must have completed all requirements for a regular
education diploma under the graduation requirements in place at the time of
entry into ninth grade to be eligible for a petition.