State Abandons Graduation Test
(AJC) — The state Board of Education did Wednesday what some had advocated for the past decade: eliminated the requirement students pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test to receive a diploma. The test, which has been the gateway to high school graduation since 1995, no longer will be given to students starting with next fall’s freshman class and will be phased out for current students. “I appreciate the state board’s vote that finally allows us to move away from the GHSGT,” state school Superintendent John Barge said after the board’s unanimous vote. All students are required to pass eight mandatory classes to graduate from high school. The plan approved Wednesday ups the pressure on them, starting with next year’s freshman class, to score better on the end-of-course tests in each of the eight classes. Those tests currently account for 15 percent of a student’s final class grade, but starting with next year’s freshman class that will be upped to 20 percent.