Meeting the Assessment Requirement for Graduation/Waiver Process

Posted: Wed, 09/28/2011 - 9:09am Updated: Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:39am

Reading, writing and math are essential life skills, and students must demonstrate a basic understanding of English/language arts and mathematics as part of the requirements for graduation.

The assessment requirement for graduation can be met in three ways:

1. Pass the English 10 and Algebra I End of Course Assessments (ECAs).

2. Fulfill the requirements of the GQE Evidence-based waiver:

  • Take the ECAs in each subject area in which you did not achieve a passing score at least one time every school year after the school year in which you first took the ECA.
  • Complete any extra help sessions offered each year by the school to prepare for the ECA retests.
  • Maintain a school attendance rate of 95 percent or better over the course of your high school experience (excused absences are not counted against your attendance rate).
  • Have at least a "C" average, over the course of your high school career, in the courses required for graduation.
  • Satisfy any other state and local graduation requirements.
  • Get a written recommendation from the teacher(s) in the subject area(s) not passed, as well as one from the school principal, and show proof that the academic standards have been met, whether through other tests or classroom work.

3. Fulfill the requirements of the GQE Work-readiness waiver:

  • Take the ECAs in each subject area in which you did not achieve a passing score at least one time every school year after the school year in which you first took the ECA.
  • Complete any extra help sessions offered each year by the school to prepare for the ECA retests.
  • Maintain a school attendance rate of 95 percent or better over the course of your high school experience (excused absences are not counted against your attendance rate).
  • Have at least a "C" average, over the course of your high school career, in the courses required for graduation.
  • Satisfy any other state and local graduation requirements.
  • Complete the course and credit requirements for a general diploma, including the career academic sequence; a workforce readiness assessment; and one of the following: complete a career exploration internship course, complete a cooperative education course or earn a workforce credential (recommended by the school).
    • Starting with students who entered high school during the 2013-14 school year (class of 2017), the requirement to complete a career exploration internship, cooperative education course OR earn a workforce credential will be replaced with, “complete at least one industry certification from the state board’s approved industry certification list”. Click here for the applicable industry certification list, effective for the class of 2017. Note that this list will be updated annually.