Graduation Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  & COLLEGE READINESS

Legislation

Florida students entering grade nine may choose from one of four options to earn a standard diploma. They are

  • 24-credit program*
  • 18-credit, Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
  • An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum

Florida's public high school graduation requirements are specified in the following sections of Florida Statute (F.S.):

  • Section 1003.4282, F.S., Requirements for a standard high school diploma (effective July 1, 2013)
  • Section 1002.3105, F.S., Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) options

*In addition to the four options available for students to earn a standard diploma listed above, Rule 6A-1.09963, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities, outlines two additional options that students with disabilities may complete within the 24-credit program. These include

  • specific requirements for students with disabilities for whom the individual education plan (IEP) has determined that participation in the Florida Alternate Assessment is the most appropriate measure of the student’s skills and instruction in the access points is the most appropriate means of providing the student access to the general curriculum.
  • specific requirements for a standard diploma for students with disabilities for whom the IEP team has determined that mastery of both academic and employment competencies is the most appropriate way for the student to demonstrate his or her skills.

For additional information on exceptional student education programs, visit the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services web page.

For more information on local public school district graduation programs, contact the school district.

Standard High School Diploma Designations

Students may earn one or more designations on their standard high school diploma—the scholar designation and the merit designation per s. 1003.4285, F.S. Requirements are listed in the graduation requirements charts by grade nine entering cohort year.

State Assessments for High School Graduation

Information related to statewide assessment requirements is available in Graduation Requirements for Florida's Statewide Assessments (PDF).

Transfer Students

If a student transfers into a Florida public high school from out of country, out of state, a private school or a home school, the student's transcript is reviewed to determine if the student is required to take a Florida end-of-course (EOC) assessment in accordance with Rule 6A-1.09941, F.A.C., State Uniform Transfer of High School Credit. Refer to the High School Mathematics Statewide Assessments by State (PDF) chart for a listing of statewide assessment mathematics exit exams and Algebra 1 statewide assessments.

Academic Advisement Flyers - What Students and Parents Need to Know

Graduation Program Planning

The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) provides a variety of online services for students from Florida's public high schools, colleges and universities. FLVC's academic advising services make it easy for high school students to prepare for college or a career after graduation by enabling them to monitor their transcripts to assess how they are progressing for high school graduation, college and career readiness and Bright Futures Scholarships. In addition, they can explore Florida's college and university offerings (both traditional and distance learning programs), learn about financial aid and apply for admission. Dual enrolled high school students and those in accelerated education programs can even access online library resources used within Florida's colleges and universities. For more information, visit https://www.flvc.org/partner-portal.

The Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook is annually updated to provide school counselors and advisors with a comprehensive academic advising resource to guide students with planning for postsecondary education in Florida.

Post Secondary Prep

Postsecondary Education Readiness

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida's customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.
 
NEW College Ready Cut Scores
Achieved ON or AFTER October 22, 2013
PERT Accuplacer SAT ACT
Mathematics 114 Elementary Algebra 72 Mathematics 440 Mathematics 19
Reading 106 Reading 83 Verbal 440 Reading 19
Writing 103 Writing 83     English 17

Q: Who needs to take P.E.R.T.? (Note: New legislation for 2015-16 has changed this section!)

PERT can be divided into four THREE groups:

  • Not applicable for Fall 2015 and beyond: PERT for JuniorsAll Bay District High School Juniors who score:
    • Levels 2 or 3 on their Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading, must take PERT Reading and Writing
    • Levels 2, 3, or 4 on their Alg. 1 EOC, (no matter what Grade level they took it in) must take PERT Math.
      • The above juniors must not already be classified as "college-ready."
  • New 2016-17: District-created semester examPERT as an EOC: Students, typically seniors, who are enrolled in English (or Math) for College Readiness must take the appropriate PERT as an end-of-course exam. See memo from Suzanne Farrar to school administration and guidance counselors. 30% of the test must be calculated into the student's final grade.
  • PERT Math as a comparative score: Those students who have not achieved a passing score on the Alg 1 EOC may attempt the PERT Math. If the student receives a score of 97+ on PERT Math they are eligible to receive a comparative score which replaces the requirement for passing the Alg 1 EOC. This does not remove the requirement of passing the Algebra 1 course.
  • PERT for Dual-enrollment purposes: For all high school students who show interest in taking available dual-enrolled courses. These tests are administered by GCSC.

Q: Who administers the P.E.R.T.?

    Answer: The P.E.R.T. is administered at a High school by a certified educator who has received training. Paraprofessionals and other non-certified school staff may act as proctors but may not be left alone with testing materials nor students who are testing. For dual-enrollment purposes, PERT is administered by college professionals either at the college or high school. 

Q: Is there a limit as to how many times a student may take the P.E.R.T.?

     Answer:  For a brief period, legislation prohibited students from taking the P.E.R.T. no more than twice in their lifetime. Now students may take it more than twice, per subject, if needed. 

NOTE:The district (& GCSC) will limit students to two attempts per subject area per semester (four times per year).

Q: If a student is ill and needs to leave campus, can he or she continue the P.E.R.T.?

    Answer: Ideally, no. However, if there is absolutely no way a student can stay and finish the test, the student will be permitted to test again the following day. As always, the student is NOT permitted to keep their username and password nor their scratch paper when they leave the room. Also, students are NOT permitted to discuss test items at any time.

Q: What time of year is the P.E.R.T. administered?

    Answer: BDS PERT Schedule varies by high school. The PERT as an EOC is given typically within the Spring EOC window or within Senior testing week. PERT as an Alg I EOC comparative is typically given within any of the EOC windows. PERT for dual-enrollment is given as needed. 

Q: Is the P.E.R.T. administered on a computer or may a student receive a paper copy?

    Answer: The P.E.R.T. assessment is a computer adaptive test (C.A.T.) with 25 operational items that will be the basis of the student's placement score and five (5) field test items which are designed to continuously enhance the operational test bank.

Paper - based tests are available to those students who have "Paper-based" accommodations documented within FOCUS, however, these tests must be ordered via the BDS Assessment Office at least three weeks prior to the administration date and must be picked up and then returned by the School Assessment Coordinator. 

Q: Is there a practice test for P.E.R.T.?

    Answer: At this time, BDS does not provide an online diagnostic tool via the same testing platform (McCann). However, students may be given the P.E.R.T. Study Guide Here. The Study Guide provides sample questions along with an answer key.