A new statewide policy presented Monday to the Hall County Board of Education allows more flexibility in how students obtain credit.
The county school system has policies in place to handle credit acceptance, but the state board of education has rewritten a policy for local systems to adopt.
The new state version applies to all students, regardless of what year they have entered ninth grade, and allows them to test out of subjects, eliminating “seat time requirements.”
“So school districts still have to offer the prescribed amount of instructional time, but if the student can pass the course without meeting the seat time requirement, we shall issue the credit to the student,” said Terry Sapp, high schools school improvement specialist.
Students would be able to test out of up to three classes by taking the End of Course Tests and scoring in the “exceeds” level. Requirements to take the test include a $50 fee, which is reimbursable if the student reaches that “exceeds” category.
The policy also dictates how credits are accepted from students transferring from nonaccredited systems.
School board members will vote on the policy at their August meeting, after the policy has been on the table for 30 days. The next meeting of the Hall board is 5 p.m. July 22 in the conference room at the board headquarters at 711 Green St.