Georgia Readiness Policies

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Georgia
College and Career Readiness Standards and Definition

Georgia has established a College and Career Ready Performance Index to communicate expectations to all Georgia public school students. Georgia Milestones end-of-course assessments determine high school student progress and readiness for college and career. High school students take end-of-course measures (EOC) for each of ten courses associated with the EOC measures. Starting in 2016-17, juniors not meeting readiness standards in math will be able to take a senior year transition math course. The course will be available, but is not required.

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Georgia

High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Students must complete at least 23 units to earn a regular high school diploma. 

Subject

Credits

Required Courses

Substitutions

English

4

Grade 9 Literature and Composition

American Literature and Composition

Third English

Fourth English

AP or IB equivalent courses

Math

4

Math I or GPS Algebra

Math II or GPS Geometry

Math III or Advanced Algebra

Fourth Math

AP, IB, dual enrollment or *other math courses aligned to GPS or CCGPS

Science

4

Biology

Physical Science or Physics

Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science

Fourth science

AP or IB equivalent course

Social Studies

3

U.S. History

World History

1/2 Credit American Government/ Civics

1/2 Credit Economics

AP or IB equivalent course

Health and Physical Education 

1

Students shall combine one-half or one-third units of credit from the following courses: Health, Personal Fitness, or Advanced Personal Fitness

Districts may waive this requirement for students who earn three credits in JROTC if the courses include health and physical education curriculum requirements as outlined in state board rule.

Career and Technical Education; modern language/ Latin; or fine arts

3

Students choose one of three areas:

CTE

Foreign Language*

Fine Arts

Districts may award foreign language credit to students whose native language is not English.

Students are encouraged to select courses in a focused area of interest.

Electives

4

 

Fourth science may substitute as an elective credit.

Total Credits

23

   

*Students planning on attending college need to take two years of the same foreign language.

Assessment Requirements

Schools administer Georgia Milestones End-of-Course (EOC) exams in 8 associated courses across four subjects, including:

  • English Language Arts: Grade 9 Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition
  • Math: Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry
  • Science: Biology, Physical Science
  • Social studies: U.S. History, Economics

Each exam counts for 20 percent of the final course grade. Middle grades students who take high school courses also sit for EOCs.