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State Board Policy

DESCRIPTOR TERM: Assessments Required for Graduation
CODE: 3803
ADOPTION DATE: July 15, 1988
REVISION: September 15, 2000; July 18, 2003; February 20, 2004; May 18, 2012; April 17, 2015

1.  All students enrolled in one of the four end-of-course Subject Area Test courses must pass the course and participate in the applicable end-of-course Subject Area Test in order to earn the Carnegie Unit.

2.  Beginning with school year 2014-2015, students shall graduate by passing the course and meeting one of the following options:

  • Passing the applicable end-of-course Subject Area Test, or
  • Using options outlined in State Board Policy 3804, or
  • Using the end-of-course Subject Area Test score with the overall course grade based on the Concordance Table for each of the four end-of-course Subject Area Tests as provided to school districts by the Mississippi Department of Education. (Students must be enrolled in order to utilize this option.)

3.  Beginning with school year 2015-2016, in addition to number two (2) above, all students enrolled may achieve a combined minimum score from the end-of-course Subject Area Tests to meet the requirement for graduation in lieu of passing the applicable end-of-course Subject Area Test.

4.  Beginning with school year 2016-2017, all students who are enrolled in an end-of-course Subject Area Test course for the first time must participate in the assessment in order to earn the Carnegie Unit. The assessment score will constitute 25% of the student’s final grade in the course.

5.  Any Mississippi public school student who fails to pass a required end-of-course Subject Area Test, prior to school year 2016-2017, will be offered opportunities to retake the test.

Archived Information Regarding State Board Policy 3803 for Students Graduation Prior to School Year 2014-2015:

Academic end-of-course tests were phased in during the 2001-2002 school year to replace the (FLE) as a requirement for graduation.

  1. Students who began 9th grade PRIOR to 1999-2000 must pass the Functional Literacy Examination (FLE).
  2. Students who began 9th grade in school year 1999-2000 must pass the Functional Literacy Examination (FLE) plus the Subject Area Test in U.S. History.
  3. Students who began 9th grade in school year 2000-2001 must pass the mathematics section of the FLE plus the Subject Area Tests in U.S. History and English II.
  4. Students who began 9th grade in 2001-2002 must pass the mathematics section of the FLE plus the Subject Area Tests in U.S. History, English II, and Biology I.
  5. Students who began 9th grade in 2002-2003 must pass the end-of-course Subject Area Tests in U. S. History, English II, Biology I and Algebra I. Students who began 9th grade in 2003-2004 and each year thereafter must pass all required end-of-course Subject Area Tests in U.S. History, English II, Biology I, and Algebra I.
Source Code:  MS Code 37-17-6, 37-16-7 (Revised 4/2015)


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