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Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

To be eligible for the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, students must be receiving a high school diploma from their district and have earned designated results on six qualifying examinations.

Diploma Letter (Dated 22-Jan-2016)
Letter to district assessment coordinators.

Eligibility for Merit Diploma | DOC
Criteria for eligibility for award.

Certification of Award Summary Sheet (XLS)
Spreadsheet for recording qualifying scores from the California Standards Tests (CSTs).

Insignia Request Form (DOC)
For district or charter school use.

Questions and Answers
Golden State Seal Merit Diploma FAQs.

Questions:   Debbie McClurg | dmcclurg@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0347
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 25, 2016
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