Former Coweta County School System students who were not awarded a high school diploma because of state graduation testing requirements may petition the school system for a diploma, according to a new state law (House Bill 91).
Petitions may be obtained on the Coweta County School System website at www.cowetaschools.org, or on the websites of Coweta’s three base high schools.
Completed petitions must be submitted to the counseling department of the high school from which the student would have graduated.
Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 91 into law on March 30, 2015. The law provides that Georgia students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on a graduation test to earn a high school diploma if the student has otherwise met all state and local graduation requirements.
The law also contains additional details and requirements regarding the ability of students who are no longer enrolled to petition a local board of education for a diploma. The law covers all graduation tests, beginning with the Georgia Basic Skills Test which was administered to students who enrolled for the first time in grade 9 on or after July 1, 1981, and provides that all subsequent subjects, forms and versions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies), Georgia High School Writing Test, and Basic Skills Tests (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) no longer be required as a graduation requirement for Georgia students.
More information about HB 91 can be found at the Georgia Department of Education’s website at gadoe.org, External Affairs and Policy (Waivers and Variances) and the Georgia General Assembly’s website at legis.ga.gov (HB91).
Individuals no longer enrolled in a Coweta County public school who were denied a high school diploma solely for not achieving a passing score on any graduation test – but who met all other local and state requirements – may now submit a petition to the high school they attended to determine eligibility to receive a high school diploma.
There is no deadline by which a petition must be submitted, and there is no charge to file a petition. The petition form found at the Coweta County School System website at www.cowetaschools.org should be printed and competed.
Completed and signed petitions should be submitted in person, or through U.S. Mail, to the counseling department of the high school from which the petitioner would have graduated. All petitioners must provide a copy of a government-issued photo identification such as a valid driver’s license.
If submitting by U.S. Mail, petitioners should write “Attention Counselor” under the name of the high school, and include a photo copy of their personal identification.
Petitions may be submitted to the counseling departments at:
East Coweta High School
400 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road
Sharpsburg, Georgia 30277
Newnan High School
190 LaGrange Street
Newnan, Georgia 30263
Northgate High School
3220 Fisher Road
Newnan, Georgia 30265
Once a petition has been received, the school system will review the student’s records to determine his or her eligibility to receive a high school diploma, based on the state and local graduation requirements in effect when the student first entered ninth grade.
If the petitioning individual met all of the graduation requirements for the expected year of graduation, then a diploma will be awarded.
Individuals who received a GED (General Educational Development) certificate solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more sections of the graduation tests may also petition for a diploma, so long as they met all other graduation requirements.
Individuals who received a special education diploma or certificate solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more sections of the graduation tests may also petition for a diploma.
Individuals who did not receive a regular education diploma solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more sections of the graduation tests, and who subsequently earned a diploma from a private school, may also petition for a diploma, so long as all other graduation requirements are met.
Completed petitions will be determined – and school transcripts updated accordingly – within 30 days of receipt of a petition. Successful petitioners will be issued a copy of their diploma free of charge.
For more information, contact the counseling offices at East Coweta, Newnan or Northgate High Schools.
Coweta County Schools Press Release
Release Date April 29, 2015