In July, 2016 the Tennessee State Department of Education (TDOE) changed graduation requirements for all students, including this year’s seniors.
First, according to the state’s web site:
“To receive a regular high school diploma, all students enrolled in a Tennessee public school during their eleventh (11th) grade year must take either the ACT or SAT.”
See answers to Frequently Asked Questions provided by the TDOE by clicking here.
About 80% of the class of 2017 have already taken the ACT; all other seniors must now either plan to take the ACT or forfeit their high school diploma next spring. Additionally, we are strongly encouraging seniors to make use of the opportunity to re-take the ACT on October 22nd. ACT test skills and strategies are being emphasized during the next 4½ weeks in Senior English and Bridge Math classes.
Payment for the ACT can be accomplished by:
directly paying with a credit or debit card when registering,
using a state-provided voucher for a free test (if not previously “taken” but “not used”)
applying for a need-based fee waiver (this cannot be used if one was previously granted but not used)
during the state-wide in-school testing in April, 2017
All juniors will be given the opportunity to take the ACT during a designated school day next April at no charge; seniors who haven’t taken the ACT may also take the test at this time at no cost. Juniors who miss that test date will be required to make up the exam before receiving a diploma. Students should feel free to speak with their School Counselor if they need help registering for an ACT test date.
REMINDER: A photo ID is required for admission into a national test site on the scheduled test day. See ACTstudent.org for more details.
Another new requirement for graduation this year is that all students must pass a Civics test based on the U.S. Citizenship exam. This 50-question test will be administered during Government, US History, and Senior Enrichment classes. Students may take this test as many times as required and there is no cost associated with this exam.