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
- 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 mailto:DiplomaPetition@fultonschools.org?Subject=Fulton%20County%20Schools%20Diploma%20Petition%20Info.
Will HB91 Candidates be allowed to participate in
May 2015 or Summer 2015 Commencement?
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? Answer:
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? Answer: No.
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