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500 may get late diplomas in Beaufort County


BEAUFORT (AP) — South Carolina’s high school exit exam is no more and as many as 500 students who attended Beaufort County high schools in the past quarter century now qualify for diplomas.

The Beaufort Gazette reports those students never received diplomas because they didn’t pass the exam. A law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley in April replaces the exam with tests considered more useful to the future success of students.

Those who failed the exam, first used in 1990, now qualify for diplomas.

Board of education Chairman Bill Evans says there could be more than 500 former Beaufort County students applying for their diplomas.

The district is waiting for guidance from the state about how the process will work. Former students have until the end of 2015 to apply.


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