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About the Missouri Option Program

The Missouri Option Program permits full-time, public school enrolled students who are at least 17 years of age and who are at risk of dropping out or not graduating with their cohort group the opportunity to earn a standard high school diploma. Graduation through the Missouri Option Program is not dependent on Carnegie credit attainment.  It is a competency-based program approved by the State School Board that utilizes a high school equivalency exam as an end-of-course event testing content mastery for graduation purposes.  The exam, sanctioned by the state for the Missouri Option program, is the HiSET test, developed and distributed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Additional information regarding the new Missouri High School Equivalency Test may be found at www.  Missouri Option students successfully passing the exam and completing all other program requirements are eligible to receive a high school diploma.


The Missouri Option Program has been adopted by approximately half of Missouri’s School Districts as an effective means to positively impact MSIP plans through the retention of students, the lowering of drop-out rates and increased College and Career and Graduate factors.  Districts may participate in Missouri Option by submitting an application available on the program website:

For more information, contact the Missouri Option Office at 573-751-3190, 573-751-4426 or