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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 20. State Board of Education
Chapter 30. Regulations Governing Adult High School Programs
11/18/2019

8VAC20-30-20. Minimum Requirements for Adult High School Programs.

Adult high school programs are not part of the 9 through 12 high school program and shall meet the following minimum requirements:

1. Age. Only those students who are not subject to the compulsory attendance requirements of § 22.1-254 of the Code of Virginia shall be enrolled in an adult high school program.

2. Credit.

a. Satisfactory completion of 108 hours of classroom instruction in a subject shall constitute sufficient evidence for one unit of credit toward a high school diploma.

b. When, in the judgment of the principal or the superintendent, an adult not regularly enrolled in the grades 9 through 12 high school program is able to demonstrate by examination or other objective evidence, satisfactory completion of the work, he may receive credit in accordance with policies adopted by the local school board. It is the responsibility of the school issuing the credit to document the types of examinations employed or other objective evidence used, the testing or assessment procedures, and the extent of progress in each case.

c. Credits earned in adult high school programs shall be transferable as prescribed in the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia within the sponsoring school division and shall be transferable to public secondary schools outside of the sponsoring school division.

3. Diplomas.

a. A diploma, as provided in 8VAC20-131-50, shall be awarded to an adult student who completes all requirements of the diploma regulated by the Board of Education, with the exception of health and physical education requirements, in effect at the time he will graduate.

b. An adult high school diploma shall be awarded to an adult student who completes the course credit requirements in effect for any Board of Education diploma, with the exception of health and physical education course requirements, at the time he first entered the ninth grade. The requirement for specific assessments may be waived if the assessments are no longer administered to students in Virginia public schools.

c. An adult high school diploma shall be awarded to an adult student who demonstrates through applied performance assessment full mastery of the National External Diploma Program Competencies, version 5.0, January 2013, a CASAS program, as promulgated by the American Council on Education and validated and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.

d. A general achievement adult high school diploma shall be awarded to a student who is not subject to the compulsory attendance requirements of § 22.1-254 of the Code of Virginia and who:

(1) Successfully completes a high school equivalency examination approved by the Board of Education;

(2) Earns a Board of Education-approved career and technical education credential, such as the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment; and

(3) Successfully completes the following courses that incorporate or exceed the applicable Standards of Learning:

Discipline Area

Standard Units of Credit Required

English

4

Mathematics

3

Science

2

History and Social Sciences

2

Electives

9

TOTAL

20

Courses completed to satisfy the requirements in mathematics and science shall include content in courses that incorporate or exceed the content of courses approved by the Board of Education to satisfy any other board-recognized diploma.

Courses completed to satisfy the history and social sciences requirements shall include one unit of credit in Virginia and U.S. history and one unit of credit in Virginia and U.S. government in courses that incorporate or exceed the content of courses approved by the Board of Education to satisfy any other board-recognized diploma.

Courses completed to satisfy the electives requirement shall include at least two sequential electives in an area of concentration or specialization, which may include career and technical education and training.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-224 and 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0001 § 2, eff. June 27, 1985; amended, Volume 21, Issue 22, eff. August 15, 2005; Volume 32, Issue 10, eff. February 10, 2016.

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