Who Participates in the GHSGT?
There are two cohorts of students who participate in the GHSGT:
a) Students who first entered 9th grade before July 1, 2008 are required to pass all 4 subtests included in the GHSGT to graduate.
b) Students who first entered 9th grade between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2011 may satisfy the GHSGT requirement for graduation by passing one of the two End of Course Tests (EOCT) in each subject area (language arts, math, science, and social studies) or passing the corresponding subject-area subtest of the GHSGT.
Purpose of the Graduation Tests
Georgia’s graduation tests provide valuable information for students, educators, and parents about student strengths and areas for improvement. The tests identify students who may need additional instruction in the concepts and skills required for a diploma. This assessment ensures that students qualifying for a diploma have mastered essential core academic content and skills.
For additional information and resources visit the Georgia Department of Education web page.
Students eligible to participate the GHSGT are administered the test for the first time in the 11th grade. The GHSGT includes subtests in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and is administered in the spring of the 11th grade. Students who do not pass on the first attempt of the tests have multiple opportunities to receive additional instruction, retest, and qualify for graduation before the spring of the 12th grade.
Students who do not pass all the required tests but have met all other graduation requirements may be eligible for a Certificate of Performance or a Special Education Diploma. Students who have left school with a Certificate of Performance or a Special Education Diploma may return to attempt the graduation test(s) again, as often as necessary to qualify for a high school diploma.