Certificate of Completion Hoax E-mail - June 14, 2006

Record Number: 2541
Displayed from: Jun 14, 2006 , until: Jul 14, 2006

The following important information is from the Indiana Department of Educaton: Indiana Department of Education Director of Communications Jason Bearce today released the following statement regarding an e-mail hoax in circulation: It has been brought to the attention of the Indiana Department of Education that there is an e-mail being circulated referencing the Certificate of Completion. We want to clarify and assure that this e-mail is a hoax. One version of the e-mail references a Lake Ridge Elementary in Indiana, while another version notes that at in a high school in Indiana, in 2005, there were 87 seniors in the graduation class. Five got diplomas and 82 got 'Certificates of Completion.' Both versions of the e-mail are hoaxes. To clarify, there is not a Lake Ridge Elementary School in Indiana, and the maximum number of such certificates issued last year was 29, in a high school with 385 graduates. Indiana high schools do offer several types of certificates, none of which is equivalent to a diploma. One type is a Certificate of Completion that is issued to a special education student who is not pursuing a high school diploma, as determined by the student's Case Conference Committee, of which the student's parent is a member. Another type is a Certificate of Course Completion that may be issued to a student who has completed the course and credit requirements for graduation but who has not met the Graduation Qualifying Examination requirement. This certificate perhaps is issued as a Certificate of Attendance or as a certificate of some other name. Additionally, a GED, a certificate of completion, a certificate of course completion, or a certificate by any other name does not terminate a person's right to pursue a high school diploma under Indiana law. U.S. Department of Education Deputy Press Secretary Chad Colby yesterday released a statement to further clarify that the e-mail was, in fact, a hoax. Colby's statement can be viewed at www.ed.gov. More information about Indiana's Certificate of Completion is available at: www.doe.state.in.us/exceptional/speced/independence. For additional information about the No Child Left Behind Act and other education initiatives, please visit the U.S. Department's Web site at www.ed.gov. For additional information, the general public may also call 1-800-USA-LEARN (872-5327).


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.