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High School Credit Before Grade 9

South Dakota provides opportunities for students below grade 9 to earn high school credit by completing a course taught by an instructor certified to teach at the high school level, teaching to the high school standards, and meeting the requirements set by their local districts. All school districts wishing to participate in any high school credit before grade 9 program must apply for, and receive, a waiver from administrative rule. For additional information on waiver applications, contact Carol Uecker, Division of Accountability Systems, at (605) 773-4771.

Course Equivalency

The Course Equivalency exam is required when students in grades 9-12 want to "test-out" of a high school level course. Students cannot have taken the course already. Students may take a content area exam one time and must pass the exam with a minimum proficiency of 85% in order to receive credit for the course.

As is the case with High School Credit Before Grade 9, school districts wishing to participate in course equivalency must apply for and receive a waiver from administrative rule in order to give the exams.


Contact Chris Booth, SD Department of Education, (605) 773-6156 with questions.