Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 91 into law on March 30, thereby creating new code section, O.C.G.A. §20-2-281.1. This law provided that students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on any graduation tests to earn a high school diploma. The law also contains additional details and requirements regarding the ability of students no longer enrolled to petition the local board of education for a diploma and a requirement for local school systems to advertise the availability of this opportunity for students whose sole reason for not receiving a high school diploma was due to not passing any part of the graduations tests.
Beginning April 15, 2015, Valdosta High School’s Guidance Department will begin accepting petition forms from students who enrolled in the 9th grade after July 1, 1981, satisfied all course requirements and who met the following conditions:
If petitioners meet these conditions, they can go to gocats.org and complete a one-page petitioner form. The completed and signed petitioner form along with a scanned/copied image of a government issued identification can be delivered or mailed to Valdosta High School, Attn: Records (Petition), 3101 North Forrest Street, Valdosta, GA 31602 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The petitioner’s cumulative school record will be reviewed to determine if all requirements have been met. Petitioners will be notified regarding the final status of the petition. If all requirements have been met, information will be included regarding diploma pick up.
For more information please contact the VHS Guidance Office at (229) 333-8550.