The current senior class is the last group required to take and pass content areas of the graduation test or pass an equivalent content area on the End-of-Course Tests.
In order earn a high school diploma next year, seniors must pass all of their courses and the writing portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Students are not required to pass the EOCT.
“We’re working diligently as possible to make sure students pass and meet the requirements,” Swain said. “The [EOCT] will still be administered and will be the final exam for certain subjects. Our ultimate goal is for students to pass the course and pass the tests.”
Starting this school year, a new 50-minute instructional focus period is implemented during the regular school day for students in need of remediation or assistance in particular subject areas. Students in grades 9 through 12 are given the opportunity to focus on their individual learning needs as a way to boost student achievement, decrease failures and promote graduation on time.
“The instructional focus period does not impact the 2012-2013 graduation rate,” Swain said. “Our goal is to see this as another piece that’s going to help our students move forward and be successful. Hopefully it will be one of the many things that contribute to next year’s graduation rate. We’re trying to reach 100 percent.”
For more information about the cohort high school graduation rate, visit www.doe.k12.ga.us.