Secondary Curriculum Updates
Phasing out of Alabama High School Graduation Exam
A MUST-READ for Parents!
Taken from Memo by Dr. Bice, State Superintendent:
On September 10, 2009, the State Board of Education voted unanimously on a resolution that included phasing out the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)
and replacing it with end-of-course tests. Systems were notified that
the 2011-12 first-time ninth graders would be the last cohort required
to pass the AHSGE in order to receive a diploma.
was presented to the State Board of Education, the dates for phasing
out the AHSGE and beginning end-of-course assessments have been
modified. As a result, first-time ninth graders of 2011-12 (tenth grade
class of 2012-13) will NOT be required to take or pass
the AHSGE as a diploma requirement. First-time ninth graders of 2010-11
(eleventh grade class of 2012-13) will now be the last cohort required
to pass the AHSGE as a diploma requirement.
tests will be administered for the first time in 2012-13 and will
include English 9, English 10, Algebra I, and geometry. Any student
enrolled in courses for which an end­ of-course assessment is scheduled
will take these end-of-course tests even if they have previously taken
the AHSGE. Results for this first year of end-of-course
tests will be utilized for instructional purposes and for establishing
baseline data only. There will be no high-stakes consequences for
students or for schools based on the end-of-course tests administered in