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Educational Proficiency Plans

The Massachusetts Board of Education adopted the Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP) requirement into regulation in October 2006. The change to the Competency Determination (CD) required for high school graduation, beginning with the Class of 2010, was made to increase the likelihood that graduates of Massachusetts high schools have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce.

June 2020 Update: For the class graduating in 2020, Due to the school closures during the pandemic and the absence of any spring testing, headmaster/principals are empowered to look at coursework completed during a students’ academic career to determine if a student has met the requirements/spirit of their EPP and earn their competency determination and graduate. In general, it will be passing high school coursework in the area that they have yet to score at the "proficient" level.

Education Laws and Regulations:

30.03 Standards for the Competency Determination

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Last Updated: June 3, 2020

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