Editor’s Note: TxEdRights wishes to thank TTAAS member Jeff Cranmore for contributing this guide for students who were denied a high school diploma due to pre-STAAR testing requirements. This guide will help TAKS/TAAS students who completed their credits but did not pass one or more exit exams navigate the process to a high school diploma.
By Jeff Cranmore
Several people have asked how the Individual Graduation Committee (IGC) works for older students. I wanted to put together some information for anyone trying to go through this process. I will also include the corresponding laws to reference. According to Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.1027, a school may issue a diploma to students that:
(1) entered Grade 9 before the 2011-2012 school year;
(2) successfully completed the curriculum requirements for high school graduation applicable to the individual when the individual entered Grade 9;
(3) has not performed satisfactorily on an assessment instrument or a part of an assessment instrument required for high school graduation, including an alternate assessment instrument offered under TEC, §39.025(c-2);
(4) has been administered at least three times the required subject-areas test(s), including an alternate assessment as specified in paragraph (3) of this subsection, for which the individual has not performed satisfactorily on the exit-level assessment instrument applicable to the individual when the individual entered Grade 9; and
(5) meets the alternative requirements for graduation in accordance with subsection (c) of this section or the local alternative requirements approved by the board of trustees in accordance with subsection (d) of this section.
Here is the link to the actual wording of the TAC
Here is a link to the FAQ’s
What does this all mean?
If you completed all of your credits but were denied your diploma due to not passing a state test (TAKS, TAAS, etc.…) then you can petition the school to look at your transcript and award you your diploma.
A few things- you must have all of your credits, and you must have attempted the assessment at least three times. If you did not, you can take one of the state approved assessments and either pass, or if not, it can be counted toward the total number of times.
This is me, now what?
There are a few ways to meet the requirements, but I will focus on the three that have been very successful
According to TEA, these are ways you are eligible.
Based on these criteria, I want to focus on the three that do not require you taking a test.
Once you have completed one of the alternatives, you can ask the school to call the IGC to review, and it can replace any missing state assessment. After that, you should be good to go, and able to get your diploma. Please feel free to share this with anyone that may apply.
As of right now, the rule is set to expire on September 1, 2023, so the sooner you apply the better. I would also suggest that you reach out to your representatives and ask them to extend or make these rules permanent.