High School Exit Exam Elimination
Act 155 (H. 3919)
passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nikki
R. Haley on April 14, 2014, states in part “Beginning with the
graduating class of 2015, students are no longer required to meet the
exit examination requirements set forth in in this section and State
Regulation to earn a South Carolina high school diploma."
A person who is no longer enrolled in a public school and
who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied
graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirements may
petition the local school board to determine the student’s eligibility
to receive a high school diploma. The elimination of the exit exam
(BSAP, HSAP) requirement is retroactive to the graduating class of 1990.
The local school board will transmit diploma requests to the South
Carolina Department of Education in accordance with Department
procedures, which are included below. Petitions under this section must
be submitted to the local school board by December 31, 2015.
Persons eligible to receive a South Carolina high school
diploma under these provisions must have met all other graduation
requirements at the time of his or her high school attendance. All
eligible candidates' names must be verified and submitted by the local
school board. The Department will not accept requests directly from a
diploma candidate. Petitions should be directed to the local school
board based upon the high school that the eligible candidate attended.
The process for completing petitions will vary according to local
district policy, however all petitions must be received by school
boards no later than December 31, 2015....Students receiving diplomas in accordance with this section shall not be counted as graduates in the graduation rate calculations for affected schools and districts, either retroactively or in current or future calculations."
Please see the resources below and contact Linda Navorska, the Darlington County School District Coordinator of Assessment, with any questions.Mrs. Navorska can be reached by calling (843)398-2233. You can also email Mrs. Navorska be clicking HERE.
| How To Petition For Act 155 High School Diploma
- Once a person
chooses to petition for an Act 155 High School Diploma, he/she must
complete the required district application and submit it to Linda
Navorska (Coordinator of Assessment) at the district office. This
application is available at the Darlington County School District office
at 120 E. Smith Avenue in Darlington and on the Darlington County
School District website. This may not be done prior to July 1, 2014 and
must be done no later than December 31, 2015.
- The application
and academic records will be reviewed to determine if the petitioner
meets the requirement for this proviso. If found that the only thing
preventing the petitioner from receiving a high school diploma was the
passage of an exit exam (BSAP or HSAP), the petitioner’s name will be
submitted to the Darlington County School District Board of Trustees for
diploma approval during regularly scheduled monthly meetings.
diploma request will be submitted to the South Carolina Department of
Education by Darlington County School District Board of Education.
date of graduation that will be recorded will be the day that the local
school board officially approves the student’s petition – not the
original, traditional graduation ceremony date in June.
- The diploma
must be picked up at the Darlington County School District office (120
E. Smith Avenue, Darlington). A picture ID must be presented.
stated by ACT 155 of 2014, “Students receiving diplomas in accordance
with this section shall not be counted as graduates in the graduation
rate calculations for affected schools and districts, either
retroactively or in current or future calculations.”