The Early Graduation Pathway
Early Graduation is a deliberate pathway for students in grades 9 through 11 who 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 pathway provides a financial scholarship, known as the Early Graduation Certificate, to support this action. Students participating in the pathway must meet the requirements set forth by 704 KAR 3:305 including those listed below.
- Students must notify the school principal within the first 30 school days of the school year in which they intend to graduate.
- Students must enter the Early Graduation pathway prior to October 1 of the year in which they intend to graduate early.
- Students must graduate in three years or less. Students exceeding three years do not qualify for the incentives identified with Early Graduation.
- Students must take and achieve the ACT exam benchmarks as designated by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).
- Students must take and score proficient on four End-of-Course (EOC) assessments (Algebra II, Biology, English II and U.S. History).
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will provide EOC exams for students participating in the Early Graduation pathway during the 2021-2022 school year.
EOCs are available for Algebra II, Biology, English II, and U.S. History. The EOC exams consist of 76 multiple choice questions, administered in two timed 45-minute sessions (38 questions in each session), except English II, which contains 70 questions (35 questions in each session). Paper-based administration is the only available option for the EOCs. District Assessment Coordinators must order exams for Early Graduate students. Instructions for ordering EOC exams are provided in the guidance document.
Limited accommodations are available for EOCs. Per students’ IEP, 504 Plan or PSP, accommodations options include reader (person), scribe (person), calculator, extended time, paraphrasing, reinforcement for behavior modifications and interpreter for students with deafness or hearing impairment.
Individual and aggregate score reports will be provided to District Assessment Coordinators through the secure web application.