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Process to petition former high school for a regular high school diploma

To comply with recently enacted Senate Bill 202/S.L. 2009-451, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction eliminated the Competency Tests in Reading and Mathematics and the Computer Skills Tests and their alternate assessments.  The change was effective July 1, 2009.

Because there are students in North Carolina who completed all other high school graduation requirements since 1981, but failed to meet the competency and/or computer skills proficiency standards established for those assessments, NCDPI has directed that those students may petition their former high school to receive a regular high school diploma.

New diplomas will be issued in June of each year until 2014.

Students who believe they are qualified under the revised graduation policy must present their original high school Certificate of Achievement to the current principal of the high school from which they received their certificate."  This information will be forwarded to the Secondary Director for purposes of system wide record keeping and state reporting.  All requests must be submitted prior to July 1, 2014.

Former students who believe they are qualified under the revised policy, but are unable to present their original high school Certificate of Achievement will be required to present evidence, such as official school transcripts, that document that all state and local board requirements for graduation were previously met.