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Adult Education Programs

Adult education provides high school credit recovery courses, adult high school credit courses, and high school equivalency diploma (GED®) preparation courses. Adult high school credits may be applied to a standard diploma or an adult high school diploma.

Students must be 16 years of age or older to qualify for adult education programs.

State required tuition fees apply to students in the adult program who are withdrawn from the K-12 educational system. Books and materials are provided in the classroom for student use.

High School Credit Recovery

High school students may co-enroll in the adult high school credit program to recover credits that are required for graduation with the high school principal’s written approval. This program is not intended as an acceleration option; students may not graduate prior to their graduation cohort. Students are limited to a maximum of two credits per year in accordance with state rule.

Adult High School Credit

The Adult High School Credit Program provides an option for students who have withdrawn from the K-12 educational system to earn a standard diploma. Students must complete all graduation requirements, including course requirements and state assessments.

  1. Students entering adult high school before their grade 9 cohort has graduated must meet the graduation requirements based on the year that the student entered grade 9.
  2. Students entering adult high school after their grade 9 cohort has graduated or who are not part of a grade 9 cohort must meet the current grade 12 cohort graduation requirements that are in effect for the year they enter adult high school.

Students who withdraw from high school and enroll in the adult high school credit program may reenroll in a high school prior to their 18th birthday.

High School Equivalency Diploma

To be eligible for high school equivalency diploma program (GED®) the student must be at least 16 years of age and withdrawn from the K-12 educational system.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is administered to identify the student’s grade level equivalency and determine the student’s individualized course of study.

  1. Students who score below 9.0 are enrolled in Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses as a prerequisite for the GED® preparation program.
  2. Students who score a 9.0 or higher are admitted directly to the GED® preparation program.

Students must be 18 years of age to be eligible to take the GED® exam. Students who are 16 or 17 years may be granted a waiver upon successful completion of the underage GED® preparation program or with approval from the district underage hardship committee. (F.S.1003.435) The underage hardship committee considers extraordinary circumstances involving economic hardships, medical hardships or testing requests by armed forces recruiters.

Prior to taking the GED® exam, students who have completed all graduation coursework but have not met the assessment requirements are encouraged to retake the FSA or the comparative/concordant assessment to obtain a standard diploma.

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Grading and Grade Point Average

Mastery of the adopted performance standards is assessed through teacher observation, classroom assignments, and examinations. The following chart reflects the grading system and interpretation of letter grades used to measure student success as defined by state statute. (F.S.1003.437)

Letter Scale Quality Points Description
A 90%-100% 4 Outstanding Progress
B 80%-89% 3 Above Average Progress
C 70%-79% 2 Average Progress
D 60%-69% 1 Lowest Acceptable Progress
F 0%-59% 0 Failure
I 0% 0 Incomplete

Adult high school students must earn a 2.0 cumulative, unweighted state GPA to earn a standard diploma.

Grade Enhancement

Credit recovery courses allow students to earn grade enhancement.

  1. Grade enhancement for required courses is limited to replacing a grade of D or F with a grade of C or higher, earned subsequently in the same or comparable course.
  2. Grade enhancement for elective courses is limited to replacing a grade of D or F with a grade of C or higher, earned subsequently in another course.
  3. An exception is provided for students who earned a grade of C for a high school credit course during middle school.

The cumulative, unweighted state GPA required for graduation is calculated by including all grades that the student attempted with the exception of grades replaced by grade enhancement. District GPA calculation and class rank h includes all courses attempted including grades replaced by grade enhancement.

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Adult Credit

Credit is granted in the adult high school credit program when a student earns a D or higher average by demonstrating mastery of the course performance standards and the final exam or End-of-Course (EOC) exam. When applicable, the state EOC constitutes 30% of the final grade.

One-half credit is granted when the student successfully completes the performance standards that have been identified as being in the first semester or second semester of a course.

Refer to the high school section of this document for acceptance of transfer credits criteria.

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Adult Education Diploma or Certificate Options

Adult High School Diploma

An Adult High School Diploma is awarded to students who earn the 24 required credits or 18-credit ACCEL option, have a 2.0 GPA and earn a passing score or the concordant/comparative score on state required assessments.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to students who meet the credit requirements but do not meet the GPA or the assessment requirements. Students are eligible to continue work toward a standard diploma.

State of Florida High School Diploma

A State of Florida High School Diploma is awarded to students who pass all four sections of the official GED® test.

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Services for Adult Exceptional Students

Adult education students with disabilities must self-identify, present documentation, request accommodations if needed, and develop a plan with the service provider. A program of studies is prescribed at the time of entry and progression is based upon demonstrated mastery of performance standards. Accommodations and modifications are provided in accordance with Workforce Education 504/ADAAA (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act).

All other requirements for adult education apply to adult exceptional students. (F.S.1003.438)

Access to Postsecondary Education and Meaningful Careers for Students with Disabilities (ENNOBLES) Act

Students with disabilities who have been properly identified as having intellectual disabilities, who are deaf or hard of hearing, specific learning disabled, physically impaired, speech or language impaired, visually impaired, have an emotional behavioral disability, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia will have access to postsecondary education, career counseling, and/or services. (F.S.1007.02)

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