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State Board Policy

DESCRIPTOR TERM: Policies for Carnegie Unit Credit
CODE: 3802
ADOPTION DATE: February 23, 2001
REVISION: December 19, 2012

Enrollment in a non-public school/program (to include, but not limited to: private schools,  parochial schools, home schools, virtual schools, summer schools, independent study / correspondence programs, etc.) shall not be used to circumvent participation in the Mississippi Statewide Assessment System or students meeting the graduation requirements outlined in this policy.

1.  Any Mississippi public school student shall not be awarded Carnegie unit credit unless the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Framework and innovative programs authorized by the State Board of Education have been mastered.

2.   For students entering a Mississippi public school from a public school in another state for which the school did not award a credit for the successful completion of a course, the district may accept the course as meeting the requirement for the Required Subjects for a diploma in the state of Mississippi provided the district determines that the content of the course taken is comparable. However, the total Carnegie Unit requirement for the Curriculum Area remains the same.

3.   For students entering a Mississippi public school from a regionally accredited private school for which the school did not award credit for the successful completion of a course, the district may accept the course as meeting the requirement for the Required Subjects for a diploma in the state of Mississippi provided the district determines that the content of the course taken is comparable. However, the total Carnegie Unit requirement for the Curriculum Area remains the same.

4.   Students entering a public school in Mississippi from any regionally accredited public or private school that awarded a Carnegie Unit for the successful completion of a course, the district may accept the course as meeting the requirement for the “Required Subject” in Appendix A of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards.

5.   Any student previously enrolled in a Mississippi public school that failed a SATP exam and later transfers credit for the same SATP course from either a private school that is accredited regionally or by the state of Mississippi or an out-of-state public school must take and pass the exam in order to earn a standard diploma.

6.   Any course that is required for subject area testing as a requirement for graduation from a public school in Mississippi is not eligible for dual credit. (MS Code 37-15-38(11)) Refer to Section 35-15-38(19) of the MS Code for exemptions.

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