Frequently asked questions
What will happen next? We will review your request and begin
reviewing your high school records to determine if you meet the following criteria:
- previously enrolled Fulton County Schools’ student
who has met all graduation requirements except passing any of the below graduation tests*
*The law extends back to the first administration of the Basic Skills Test in 1981
- Georgia High School Graduation Test
- Georgia High School Writing Test
- Basic Skills Test
When can I expect a decision regarding my petition for a
high school diploma?
Typically 45 business days; however, transcripts not
maintained electronically may take longer to locate and provide and so it may take
longer to get a decision.
**High school diplomas are custom ordered and may take longer than 45 business days to be received.
Official transcripts will be mailed immediately after the petition is processed.
How will I be contacted? You will be contacted via e-mail provided or via U.S. postal service if necessary.
Who should I contact if I do not receive a response to my petition or have questions?
If you have not received a response within 45 business days or still have questions
following the submission of your petition, you may contact
Will HB91 Candidates be allowed to participate in May 2015 or Summer 2015
No, HB91 diploma candidates will not be allowed to participate in
spring or summer graduation/commencement activities.
Which tests are included in the law? The law includes all 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).
How far back does this law cover? The law covers all graduation tests, beginning with the
Basic Skills Test which was administered to students who enrolled for the first time in grade 9
on or after July 1, 1981
Can a student who is no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school, and did not graduate for
the sole reason that he or she did not pass all of the graduation tests, still receive a Georgia
high school diploma?
Yes, individuals no longer enrolled in a public school who were
denied a high school diploma solely for not achieving a passing score on any of the graduation
tests and met all other local and state requirements may submit a petition to the local school
system to determine eligibility to receive a high school diploma under O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1.
Who will determine when all of the graduation requirements have been met?
The local school system will make the final determination based on the state and local
graduation requirements that were in effect when the student entered ninth grade.
Is there a deadline for petitioning the local board of education?
Can a special education student who was previously awarded a special education
diploma or a certificate of completion only because he or she had not passed one or more sections
of the graduation tests still be awarded a high school diploma?
Yes, as long as all other
state and local graduation requirements were met to qualify for an education diploma.