High school students who fail exit exam can petition for a diploma

Students who didn’t pass a required exit exam in South Carolina can petition to get a diploma now that the state has scrapped the test.

Act 155 eliminates the requirement for students in graduating classes from 2015 onward to pass an exit exam to receive a diploma. It allows students who, since 1990, have met all other requirements except for passing the exit exam to petition for a high school diploma.

The S.C. Department of Education has launched a web page with information for students who want to petition for a high school diploma pursuant to Act 155, especially eligible students in the class of 2014.

“We are working with school districts and school boards across the state to ensure that every student who meets the requirements receives his diploma,” said S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais.

Students must no longer be enrolled in public school to be eligible. They also must file a petition with their local school board by Dec. 31, 2015.

According to Act 155, the class of 2014 must still pass the exit exam. However, students who did not pass the exam this year can take it during the summer or file a petition as soon as they are no longer enrolled in public school.

Zais said he is encouraging local districts to allow eligible students to participate in graduation ceremonies. He said his department will work with districts to assist graduating students to receive their diploma once they have filed a petition and their eligibility is verified.

For more information, go to Click the Act 155 button on the right side of the page for resources and answers to the most commonly asked questions.

New director named for HCS Adult Education

Etta Greene, an assistant principal at Whittemore Park Middle School, has been named director of Horry County Schools Adult Education.

Greene will succeed Adult Education Director Virginia Simmons, who is retiring, and begin her new duties July 1.

Greene began working at Whittemore Park in 2011 and was an English teacher at Green Sea Floyds High School from 1999 to 2010. She is a National Board Certified teacher who earned a B.A. in English Education from Shaw University, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina.

Pawleys Island school plans for IB Program

Lowcountry Preparatory School in Pawleys Island has been accepted as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Program.

IB is offered in 3,772 schools in 147 countries and is recognized by colleges and universities worldwide. The school, which serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, plans to implement the IB Diploma Program for high school students over the next two years, with its first exams in spring 2017 for juniors and seniors.