Test Out General Information
Public Act 335, Section 127B of the State Code and 380.1278(a)(4)(c) requires that any high school student be
offered the opportunity to "test out" of any course offered by his/her high school. The
testing out option does not include government or physical education because they are
statutorily mandated for all high school students.
Students must exhibit mastery of course content by attaining a grade of 80% or better on each
component of a comprehensive final examination. Students may also be required to demonstrate mastery
through basic assessments used in the class that may include, but are not limited to, components such
as portfolios, performances, papers, projects and/or presentations.
Credit earned will be based on successful mastery of the required assessment and recorded as "pass"
on the official transcript. The grade will not be included in the computation of the grade point average.
Credit will be accepted as fulfillment of a requirement in a course sequence. Once credit is granted by
"testing out" a student may not receive credit for a lower course in that course sequence. Credit toward
fulfillment of graduation requirements will be granted for successful achievement of 80% or better on
the final examination.
Teachers do not have to provide any instruction to prepare students for these tests. Students will be
provided a syllabus/curriculum map so they know what the test will cover and what additional items
(such as research papers, portfolios, etc.) will be required as part of the comprehensive evaluation.
The comprehensive examination is to reflect the core curriculum established by STCS. A textbook(s)
will be made available to the student who must return the book(s) in order to take the test.
*Testing will be offered at HHS twice a year: August and January.
* January test out will only be offered to students wishing to test out of the second semester of
a course currently enrolled in or .5 credit courses.
* A .5 credit course will require one exam and a 1.0 credit course will require two exams (one per semester)
* If a student has previously failed a course he/she is not allowed the opportunity to test out of the course.