2017-18 EOC Guidance for the Early Graduation Certificate
The following message appeared in the 6/5/17 Commissioner's Monday Email
: Kentucky’s current use of Quality Core End-of-Course (EOC) assessments for Algebra II, Biology, US History and English II is discontinued due to elimination of the assessments by ACT, Inc. Although students can anticipate taking assessments in Algebra II, Biology and English II as field tests, student performance levels will not be generated. Requirements for students who enter into a formal agreement with the district on Early Graduation include meeting EOC benchmarks. Therefore, guidance regarding the EOC requirements for Early Graduation will temporarily change. As 704 KAR 3:305
requires a student to score proficient on EOCs, that specific requirement contained in the regulation will not be applicable until the return of an end-of-course assessment program as part of the accountability system in high school grades. All other requirements will remain in effect as part of eligibility for Early Graduation.
- Students must accumulate all credits as specified by the state minimum high school graduation requirements in 704 KAR 3:305, as well as any additional district graduation requirements.
- Students must meet all graduation requirements in three academic years or less.
- Students must declare an intent to graduate prior to October 1 of the year in which students make the declaration.
- Students must meet the ACT benchmarks as set by the Council on Postsecondary Education in 13 KAR 2:020.
For more information, please email Leann Pickerill at email@example.com
What is Early Graduation?
The Early Graduation regulation is a result of Senate Bill 61
(2013) and is a companion to Senate Bill 97 (2013). To summarize the
regulation, beginning in 2014-2015, Early Graduation will be possible for
students who intend to progress through high school on an accelerated timeline
and graduate college ready in three years or less of high school or age 18.
Early Graduation is a deliberate pathway for students that wish
to move on when ready, receive a diploma from the district and be eligible for
acceptance into Kentucky public universities and non-profit independent
colleges and universities. The regulation provides a financial scholarship,
known as the Early Graduation Certificate, to support this action.
For guidance and information please see the links in the blue box to the right.