HB 91 was signed on Monday, March 30, 2015, by Governor Deal to allow students who failed the graduation test to receive a regular high school diploma.
Former Walton County School District students who met all high school graduation requirements with the exception of passing the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, Georgia High School Writing Test or Basic Skills Tests, may petition the district board office to grant them a diploma. The diploma will be issued for the date which the student should have graduated from the respective high school. The student may also participate in commencement exercises at the high school.
The Georgia High School Graduation Test was a requirement for students in the class of 1995 through the class of 2014. The Basic Skills Test was a graduation requirement for the class of 1985 through the class of 1994.
If you feel that you meet these qualifications and desire to petition the district for a diploma, you may download the petition form
, or you may pick up a form from the Walton County Board of Education, Loganville High School, Monroe Area High School or Walnut Grove High School. All completed forms must be received by the district’s board office for processing. There is no deadline by which a petition may be submitted. Additional information relative to HB 91 can be located by going to the FAQ document
and HB91 Legislation document
. If you have questions regarding this new legislation, you may call Louise Hutchens at the Walton County Board of Education at 770-266-4482.
Submitting Petition Requests
You may request and submit a petition form in person by visiting the Walton County Board of Education. Petitioners are required to present a government-issued photo ID. The office hours for requests are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Please mail your petition form and a copy of your government-issued photo ID to the following address:
ATTN: Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Walton County School District
200 Double Springs Church Rd
Monroe, GA 30656
*Once your completed petition form and a copy of your government-issued photo ID have been received, please allow 10 business days for processing.