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Alternative Demonstration of Competency

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Primary demonstration

All students must demonstrate competency in five areas to meet the state’s graduation assessment requirements in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The primary demonstration is through assessments in:

  • PARCC ELA11
  • PARCC Geometry or Alg2
  • SBA Science
  • End of Course Social Studies

Secondary demonstration

Students may use a combination of primary and alternative demonstrations and must complete the ADC form for ONLY for the areas in which they chose the ADC. For the ADC, students must submit documentation or a portfolio of work for at least one option in the needed subject area from the matrix. Students must have exhausted all opportunities for participation in the primary demonstrations of competencies (all assessments).

Combination of primary and secondary demonstration

Students may use a combination of primary and alternative demonstrations and must complete this for ONLY for the areas in which they require an ADC. For the ADC, students must submit documentation or a portfolio of work for at least one option in the needed content area from the matrix below. Students must have exhausted all the required attempts for primary demonstrations of competencies (for each assessment) prior to using and ADC listed below. 


Competency Matrix

The matrix below matches the method used to demonstrate competency in each required area. Documentation needs to be attached for each method used. If a student fails to meet the criteria in the ADC, APS will continue to provide retake opportunities on the assessments considered the primary demonstration. These are available for up to 5 years after completion of credits.

English Matrix

  • Acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4-year Institute of Higher Learning
  • Acceptance to a Post-Secondary Certificated or Apprentice Career Education Program
  • Acceptance to a branch of the military
  • Final Exam Grade in a Junior or Senior English Class of “C” or better
  • Successful completion of a Dual Credit Course in English
  • Met proficiency on a student project or essay with rubric or grading guidelines signed off by educator
  • Met IEP goals for a Career or Ability Graduation Pathway
  • Passing another state’s exit exam

Math Matrix

  • Acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4-year Institute of Higher Learning
  • Acceptance to a Post-Secondary Certificated or Apprentice Career Education Program
  • Acceptance to a branch of the military
  • Final Exam Grade in a Junior or Senior Math Class of “C” or better
  • Successful completion of a Dual Credit Course in Math
  • Met proficiency on a student project or essay with rubric or grading guidelines signed off by educator
  • Met IEP goals for a Career or Ability Graduation Pathway
  • Passing another state’s exit exam

Writing Matrix

  • Acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4-year Institute of Higher Learning
  • Acceptance to a Post-Secondary Certificated or Apprentice Career Education Program
  • Acceptance to a branch of the military
  • Final Exam Grade in a Junior or Senior English Class of “C” or better
  • Successful completion of a Dual Credit Course in English
  • Met proficiency on a student project or essay with rubric or grading guidelines signed off by educator
  • Met IEP goals for a Career or Ability Graduation Pathway
  • Passing another state’s exit exam

Science Matrix

  • Acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4-year Institute of Higher Learning
  • Acceptance to a Post-Secondary Certificated or Apprentice Career Education Program
  • Acceptance to a branch of the military
  • Final Exam Grade in a Science Class of “C” or better
  • Successful completion of a Dual Credit Course in Science
  • Met proficiency on a student project or essay with rubric or grading guidelines signed off by educator
  • Met IEP goals for a Career or Ability Graduation Pathway
  • Passing another state’s exit exam

Social Studies Matrix

  • Acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4-year Institute of Higher Learning
  • Acceptance to a Post-Secondary Certificated or Apprentice Career Education Program
  • Acceptance to a branch of the military
  • Final Exam Grade in a Social Studies Class of “C” or better
  • Successful completion of a Dual Credit Course in Social Studies
  • Met proficiency on a student project or essay with rubric or grading guidelines signed off by educator
  • Met IEP goals for a Career or Ability Graduation Pathway
  • Passing another state’s exit exam
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