Certificate of Attendance
In the United States and Canada, a certificate of attendance is a certificate given to students who complete the K-12 (kindergarten through 12th grade) program but do not meet the requirements for the high school diploma or the modified diploma. A certificate of completion is a similar certificate, awarded to students with disabilities who complete the required Individualized Education Program but do not meet the requirements of the high school diploma.
Students who complete 12th grade but did not obtain enough credits, did not complete all core courses, did not pass required testing or did not meet the goals outlined in their individualized program will still be acknowledged in the graduation ceremony; they will walk across the stage in cap and gown, and will look like a graduate. Instead of receiving a diploma, however, they will receive a certificate of attendance. Some students are encouraged to return to school for either a full year or more (and then to graduate whenever they finish) to make up their credits, pass required testing or meet their goals, and finally obtain a regular or modified diploma. Some alternative programs allow students to finish in half year provided that they meet certain requirements.
Some schools do not allow these students to participate in the graduation ceremony. This is controversial as some students feel that the social benefits of graduation are important.
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- Cameron, S. V. & Heckman, J. J., "The Nonequivalence of High School Equivalents"; Journal of Labor Economics; v. 11, n. 1, pt. 1, p. 1-? (1993)
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