What are certificates of completion?
Generally certificates of completion are used for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) who have not met state graduation requirements but still want to participate in graduation ceremonies with their class. Below are some important facts about certificates of completion:
• A certificate of completion, or its equivalent, is not an academic credential, but certifies attendance in high school.
• They cannot be used as a prerequisite to admission to a postsecondary institution, or any other program that requires a high school degree.
• Recipients of certificates are not prevented from returning to receive a full diploma or high school equivalency degree.
• Information about state graduation requirements and certificate policies can be found through the National Center on Educational Outcomes.
Any questions about policies in your state should be addressed to the state department of education.