High School Exit Exam Mandate

April 21, 2014 update

H3919 has been signed by the governor. This means the HSAP exam and the requirement to pass it to graduate will no longer exist starting with the class of 2015. Along with that are the scores tied to the EOC report card rankings. In its place, 11th graders will be taking two tests. The law specifies one will be ACT's WorkKeys, and the other test (yet to be determined) will be a college readiness test, such as SAT or ACT.

There are many details still needing clarification, to include:

  • Financial support to assist your school with preparation and implementation.
  • Finances to pay for related credentialing with WorkKeys - the community initiative discussed at the Leadership Summit does not have the resources to pay for this many credentials at this scale.
  • What this means for the ESEA Waiver from No Child Left Behind.
  • What this means for your future federal letter grades which require some common assessment for high school (may be End of Course exams).
  • What this means for your Education Oversight Committee developed school report card.
  • Process for amending some of your charters to reflect these changes in goals and objectives and assessment sections.


Bill H3919

Highlights of this bill:

  • Beginning with the graduating class of 2015, students are no longer required to meet the exit examination requirements set forth in this section and State Regulation to earn a South Carolina high school diploma.
  • A person who is no longer enrolled in a public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirements set forth in section 59-18-310(B) and State Regulation, may petition the local school board to determine the student's eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to this chapter.
  • Section 59-18-950. "Notwithstanding another provision of law to the contrary, the Education Oversight Committee may base ratings for school districts and high schools on criteria that include graduation rates, exit examination performance, and other criteria identified by technical experts and appropriate groups of educators and workforce advocates."

WorkKeys Sample Questions

WorkKeys Readiness Indicator Assessment

WorkKeys scores and how students and businesses will use them.

More information from Leadership Summit speaker Elisabeth Kovacs, SC Department of Employment and Workforce, on Career Readiness Initiatives and WorkKeys.