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Rule Number:160-4-2-.48
High School Graduation Requirements for Students Enrolling in the Ninth Grade for the First Time in the 2008-09 School Year and Subsequent Years   Print Rule
 

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Code: IHF(6)

160-4-2-.48 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR

STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THE NINTH GRADE FOR THE FIRST TIME

IN THE 2008-09 SCHOOL YEAR AND SUBSEQUENT YEARS.

(1) PURPOSE. This rule specifies programs of study that shall be offered by

local boards of education for students enrolling in the ninth grade for the first time in

the 2008-2009 School Year and for subsequent years.

(2) DEFINITIONS.

(a) Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Pathways – Three

elective units in a coherent sequence that includes rigorous content aligned with

industry-related standards leading to college and work readiness in a focused area of

student interest.

(b) Core Courses - courses identified as “c” or “r” in Rule 160-4-2-.20 List of

State-Funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses.

(c) Elective Courses – any courses identified as “e” in Rule 160-4-2-.20 List of

State-Funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses that a student may select beyond the

core requirements to fulfill the unit requirements for graduation.

(d) Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) -- an alternate assessment based on

alternate achievement standards. The GAA is a portfolio assessment designed for

students with significant cognitive disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act (IDEA) whose IEP team has determined they are unable to reasonably

participate in the regular assessment program. The purpose of the GAA is to ensure

all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, are provided

access to the state curriculum and given the opportunity to demonstrate progress

toward achievement of the state standards.

(e) Required courses - specific courses identified as “r” in Rule 160-4-2-.20 List

of State-Funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses that each student in a program of

study shall pass to graduate from high school.

(f) Secondary School Credential - a document awarded to students at the

completion of the high school experience.

1. High School Diploma - the document awarded to students certifying that they

have satisfied attendance requirements, unit requirements and the state assessment

requirements as referenced in Rule 160-3-1-.07 Testing Programs - Student

Assessment.

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2. High School Certificate - the document awarded to pupils who do not

complete all of the criteria for a diploma or who have not passed the state assessment

requirements as referenced in Rule 160-3-1-07 Testing Programs – Student

Assessment, but who have earned 23 units.

3. Special Education Diploma - the document awarded to students with

disabilities assigned to a special education program who have not met the state

assessment requirements referenced in Rule 160-3-1-.07 Testing Programs - Student

Assessment or who have not completed all of the requirements for a high school

diploma but who have nevertheless completed their Individualized Education

Programs (IEP).

(g) Significant Cognitive Disabilities – students with significant intellectual

disabilities or intellectual disabilities concurrent with motor, sensory or

emotional/behavioral disabilities who require substantial adaptations and support to

access the general curriculum and require additional instruction focused on relevant

life skills and participate in the Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA).

(h) Unit – one unit of credit awarded for a minimum of 150 clock hours of

instruction or 135 hours of instruction in an approved block schedule.

(i) Unit, Summer School – one unit of credit awarded for a minimum of 120

clock hours of instruction.

(3) REQUIREMENTS.

(a) Local boards of education shall provide secondary school curriculum and

instructional and support services that reflect the high school graduation and state

assessment requirements and assist all students in developing their unique potential to

function in society.

(b) Local boards of education shall require that

1. Students who enroll from another state meet the graduation requirements for

the graduating class they enter and the state assessment requirements as referenced in

Rule 160-3-1-.07 Testing Programs - Student Assessment.

2. Students who enroll in the ninth grade for the first time in the 2008-2009

school year and withdraw shall meet the graduation requirements specified in this rule

and the assessment requirements specified in Rule 160-3-1-.07 Testing Programs -

Student Assessment.

3. UNITS OF CREDIT.

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(i) All state-supported high schools shall make available to all students the

required areas of study.

(ii) A course shall count only once for satisfying any unit of credit requirement

for graduation. See the following chart.

(iii) AREAS OF STUDY.

Units Required

(I) English/Language Arts* 4

(II) Mathematics* 4**

(III) Science* 4

The 4th science unit may be used to meet both the science and elective requirement

(IV) Social Studies* 3

(V) CTAE and/or

Modern Language/Latin and/or

Fine Arts 3

(VI) Health and Physical Education* 1

(VII) Electives 4

TOTAL UNITS (MINIMUM) 23

*Required Courses and/or Core Courses

** Students entering ninth grade in 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 only, who earn credit in

Mathematics I and Mathematics II or GPS Algebra and GPS Geometry, along with 2 additional core

mathematics courses, will have satisfied the minimum mathematics requirements for high school

graduation.

4. COURSE CREDIT.

(i) Unit credit shall be awarded only for courses that include concepts and skills

based on the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) or Common Core Georgia

Performance Standards (CCGPS) for grades 9-12 or those approved by the State

Board of Education. Unit credit may be awarded for courses offered in the middle

grades that meet 9-12 GPS or CCGPS requirements. The Individualized Education

Program (IEP), if applicable, shall specify whether core courses taken as part of an

IEP shall receive core unit credit.

(ii) No course credit may be awarded for courses in which instruction is based on

the GPS for grades K-8.

(iii) Completion of diploma requirements does not necessarily qualify students for

the HOPE Scholarship Program.

5. AREAS OF STUDY.

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(i) Courses that shall earn unit credit are listed in Rule 160-4-2-.20 List of State-

Funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses for Students Entering Ninth Grade in 2008

and Subsequent Years.

(ii) Any student may select any course listed in the course listing rule. The one

exception to this provision is where the letter "r" appears with course names. These

courses are required. They must be successfully completed and cannot be substituted

with any other course. Any course identified as "c" is a core course and may be

selected to count as one of the core unit requirements. A course identified as "e" is an

elective course that may be selected beyond the core requirements to fulfill the unit

requirements.

(I) English Language Arts: Four units of credit in English language arts

shall be required of all students. A full unit of credit in American

Literature/Composition and a full unit of credit in Ninth-Grade Literature and

Composition shall be required. All courses that may satisfy the remaining

units of credit are identified with a "c." The Writing, Conventions, and

Listening, Speaking, and Viewing strands of the Georgia Performance

Standards shall be taught in sequence in grades 9-12. Literature modules may

be taught in any sequence in grades 10-12.

(II.) Mathematics: Four units of core credit in mathematics shall be required of all

students, including Mathematics I or GPS Algebra,or its equivalent and Mathematics

II or GPS Geometry, or its equivalent and Mathematics III or GPS Advanced

Algebra or its equivalent. Additional core courses needed to complete four credits in

mathematics must be chosen from the list of GPS/ CCGPS /AP/IB/dual enrollment

designated courses.

I. The mathematics requirements above apply to each student with a disability,

consistent with his or her Individualized Education Program. Students with

Disabilities who earn credit in Mathematics I or GPS Algebra and the associated

mathematics support course, and Mathematics II or GPS Geometry and the associated

mathematics support course, may upon determination through the Individualized

Education Program Team meet mathematics diploma requirements by completing

Mathematics III or GPS Advanced Algebra for a total of 3 mathematics core credits.

Successful completion of 3 core units of mathematics may not meet the mathematics

admission requirements for entrance into a University System of Georgia institution

or other post-secondary institution without additional coursework.

II. All students, including students with disabilities, who enter ninth grade in 2008-

2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011, only and who earn core credit in Mathematics I and

Mathematics II or GPS Algebra and GPS Geometry, along with 2 other core

mathematics courses, will have satisfied the minimum mathematics requirements for

high school graduation. Mathematics Support I, GPS Algebra Support I,

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Mathematics Support II, GPS Geometry Support II, and Mathematics Support III, and

GPS Advanced Algebra Support III may be designated as elective or core courses for

students who entered ninth grade in 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011. Students

who complete Mathematics I and Mathematics II or GPS Algebra and GPS

Geometry, along with 2 other core mathematics courses, but who do not complete

Mathematics III or GPS Advanced Algebra, may not meet the mathematics admission

requirements for entrance into a University System of Georgia institution or other

post-secondary institutions without additional coursework.

(III) Science: Four units of credit in science shall be required of all students,

including one full unit of Biology; one unit of either Physical Science or Physics; one

unit of either Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science or an AP/IB course;

and one additional science unit. The fourth science unit may be used to meet both the

science and elective requirements. Any AP/IB science course may be substituted for

the appropriate courses listed above.

(IV) Social Sciences: Three units of credit shall be required in social studies. One

unit of credit shall be required in United States History. One unit of credit shall be

required in World History. One-half unit of American Government/Civics shall be

required. One-half unit of Economics shall be required.

(V) CTAE/Modern Language/Latin/Fine Arts: A total of three units of credit

shall be required from the following areas: CTAE and/or Modern Language/Latin

and/or Fine Arts. Students are encouraged to select courses in a focused area of

interest.

I. Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Pathways:

Students may earn three units of credit in a coherent sequence of CTAE courses

through a self-selected pathway leading to college readiness and a career readiness

certificate endorsed by related industries.

II. Modern Language/Latin: All students are encouraged to earn two units of

credit in the same modern language/Latin. Students planning to enter or transfer into

a University System of Georgia institution or other post-secondary institution must

take two units of the same modern language/Latin. Georgia Department of Technical

and Adult Education (DTAE) institutions (Technical College System of Georgia) do

not require modern language/Latin for admissions.

A. Students whose native language is not English may be considered to have met

the foreign language expectation by exercising the credit in lieu of enrollment option

if they are proficient in their native language. A formal examination is not necessary

if other evidence of proficiency is available.

B. American Sign Language may be taken to fulfill the modern language

requirements.

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III. Fine Arts: Electives may be selected from courses in fine arts.

(VI) Health and Physical Education: One unit of credit in health and physical

education is required. Students shall combine one-half or one-third units of credit of

Health (17.011), Health and Personal Fitness (36.051), or Advanced Personal Fitness

(36.061) to satisfy this requirement. Three (3) units of credit in JROTC (Junior

Reserve Officer Training Corps) may be used to satisfy this requirement under the

following conditions: 1) JROTC courses must include Comprehensive Health and

Physical Education Rule requirements in rule 160-4-2-.12 and 2) the local Board of

Education must approve the use of ROTC courses to satisfy the one required unit in

health and physical education.

6. REQUIRED PROCEDURES FOR AWARDING UNITS OF CREDIT.

(i) A unit of credit for graduation shall be awarded to students only for successful

completion of state-approved courses of study based on a minimum of 150 clockhours

of instruction provided during the regular school year, 135 clock-hours of

instruction in an approved block schedule during the regular school year, or a

minimum of 120 clock-hours of instruction in summer school.

7. STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT COGNITIVE DISABILITIES.

(i) Students with significant cognitive disabilities may graduate and receive a

regular high school diploma when the student’s IEP team determines that the student

has:

(I) completed an integrated curriculum based on the GPS that includes instruction

in Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies as well as career

preparation, self determination, independent living and personal care to equal a

minimum of 23 units of instruction, and

(II) participated in the GAA during middle school and high school and earned a

proficient score on the high school GAA in Mathematics, English/Language Arts,

Science, and Social Studies, and

(III) reached the 22nd birthday OR has transitioned to an

employment/education/training setting in which the supports needed are provided by

an entity other than the local school system.

8. LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

(i) Local boards of education shall provide instructional, support and delivery

services. These services shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

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(I) A continuous guidance component beginning in middle school. The purposes

of the guidance component are to familiarize students with graduation requirements,

to help them identify the likely impact of individual career objectives on the program

of studies they plan to follow and to provide annual advisement sessions to report

progress and offer alternatives in meeting graduation requirements and career

objectives.

(II) Record keeping and reporting services that document student progress toward

graduation and include information for the school, parents and students.

(III) Diagnostic and continuous evaluation services that measure individual student

progress in meeting competency expectations for graduation.

(IV) Instructional programs, curriculum and course guides and remedial

opportunities to assist each student in meeting graduation requirements.

(V) Appropriate curriculum and assessment procedures for students who have

been identified as having disabilities that prevent them from meeting the prescribed

competency performance requirements.

Authority O. C. G. A. § 20-2-131; 20-2-140; 20-2-142; 20-2-150(a); 20-2-151(a),

(b); 20-2-154(a); 20-2-160; 20-2-161.1; 20-2-161.2; 20-2-281(a), (c).

Adopted: July 21, 2011 Effective: August 11, 2011

 

Georgia Department Of Education
Adopted Date:  7/21/2011
Effective Date:  8/11/2011

NOTE: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
Policy Code Description
IHF(6) Graduation Requirements - Entering Fall 2008-09 and thereafter
Georgia Code Description
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0131 Objectives and purposes of QBE program
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0140 SBOE to establish competencies and uniformly sequenced core curriculum
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0142 Prescribed courses; development/dissemination of instructional materials on effects of alcohol
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0150 Eligibility for enrollment
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0151 General and career education programs
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0154 Remedial education program
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0160 Determination of enrollment; determination of funding
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0161.1 Enrollment in post-secondary courses; academic credit; pso grant account
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0161.2 Youth Apprenticeship Program; policies, criteria, pilot projects
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0281 Assessment of effectiveness of educational programs
These references are not intended to be part of the rule itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this rule. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the rule.