County schools remind of diploma deadline

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 05:47 PM

Former students in North Carolina who are not enrolled in public school but met all state and local graduation requirements, except proficiency on state-administered competency tests, can still receive a high school diploma.

But they can only petition their previous high school for a diploma until July 1, 2014.

Terri Hedrick, public information officer for Vance County Schools, said the July 2014 deadline has been in place since July 2009 when the math, reading and computer skills competency tests were eliminated by the N.C. General Assembly.

She said funding was one factor in the General Assembly’s decision to cut the tests.

“The state looked at ways to cut expenses and they decided those tests were no longer needed, especially as a requirement for graduation,” Hedrick said.

Before petitioning the high school, the former students need to request their high school transcript from the Vance County Schools’ Administrative Services Center at 1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson.

Hedrick said Vance County Schools has periodically sent out notices since 2009 to remind former students of the imminent July 2014 deadline.

“The state has given people basically five years to petition for those diplomas, and now it’s not needed anymore because folks leaving high school now wouldn’t need to pass those tests anyway,” she said.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.