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GSSMD Eligibility

Current eligibility requirements for the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma.

Class of 2015 Eligibility Requirements for the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are responsible for maintaining appropriate records in order to identify graduating students who meet the eligibility requirements for the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma (GSSMD) (California Education Code Section 51454).

For the GSSMD, students in the class of 2015 must be eligible to receive a high school diploma and have demonstrated the mastery of the curriculum in at least six subject matter areas, four of which are English-language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and U.S. history, with the remaining two subject matter areas selected by the student.

Students may demonstrate meeting the GSSMD requirements as follows:

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