More than 900 seniors will graduate from San Diego Unified schools with an extra bit of gold on their diplomas -- the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma.
About 14 percent of the class of 2011 -- 933 -- qualify for the special diploma, which recognizes a demonstrated mastery of the high school curriculum in specific areas, including math, English and science. Students had to achieve minimum scores on California Standards Tests, some dating from ninth grade.
Students may use qualifying scaled scores from the following California Standards Tests:
- English-Language Arts (ELA): grades nine, 10 and 11
- Mathematics: Algebra II, Geometry, Summative High School Mathematics, and Integrated Mathematics 2 and 3
- Science: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and Integrated Science 1, 2, 3, and 4
- History-Social Science: World History and 11th grade U.S. History
For questions about the Golden State Seal Merit Diplomas, please contact Erin Gordon in the Assessment Services Department at (619) 725-5687 or firstname.lastname@example.org.