Act 155

Information about Act 155 (High School Exit Exam Elimination)
Posted on 07/30/2014
Act 155The General Assembly passed HR 155 that was signed into law by Governor Haley on April 14, 2014. This law eliminated the high school exit exam (HSAP) for students effective for the graduating class of 2015.

This law also makes provisions for any student who did not receive a high school diploma or graduate from high school solely for failure to pass the BSAP/HSAP exam.  Any student who did not pass the BSAP/HSAP exam in high school, from 1990 to 2014, may petition the local school board to determine if he or she can receive a high school diploma under the Act 155.

Persons eligible to receive a South Carolina high school diploma under these provisions must have met all other graduation requirements at the time of his or her high school attendance. All inquiries should be directed to the district based on the local high school the student attended. The SC Department of Education will not accept requests directly from the diploma candidate.

The local school districts announced the procedure for those interested in acquiring the high school diploma under this provision.  Each school district has developed a procedure for processing requests that will meet the requirements of the law. All petitions for diploma consideration must be received by the SC Department of Education no later than December 31, 2015.

Spartanburg County superintendents and high school officials are working cooperatively to ensure that information about Act 155 is made available.   “We will work very hard to make sure our former students are given the opportunity to receive a high school diploma under these guidelines if they qualify,” stated Mrs. Stephanie Mathis, Coordinator of Secondary Curriculum in Spartanburg School District One.  “We have already identified students who could possibly qualify based on records kept by each school. We are ready to help as many former students as we can."  Those interested should check their local school or district website for additional details and information.

For more information about this article or Act 155, check your local district or high school website or contact your local school district.
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