COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 123

August 1, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Requirements for the General Achievement Diploma

 

At its June 23 meeting the Board of Education approved the Emergency Regulations Governing the General Achievement Diploma as required by House Bill 1464 passed by the 2003 General Assembly.

 

The attached requirements for the General Achievement Diploma comply with the 2003 General Assembly amendments to the Code of Virginia and with the Board of Educations regulations on awarding a high school diploma. The General Achievement Diploma is intended to provide a diploma option for high school dropouts and individuals who exit high school without a diploma. This diploma is intended for individuals who are at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in public school or not otherwise meeting the compulsory school attendance requirements set forth in the Code of Virginia. It is not meant to be a first option for high school students. Diploma candidates may be individuals who are of the age to enroll in a public school whether they choose to enroll or not; or individuals who because of their age are not eligible to enroll in a public school.

 

The requirements for the General Achievement Diploma include prescribed standard units of credit and a passing score on the General Educational Development (GED) examination. Standard credits required for the General Achievement Diploma may be earned in a variety of educational settings: a public school; a community college or other institution of higher education; an adult high school program; or correspondence, distance learning, and online courses. The Department of Education will develop a guidance document to assist school divisions in implementing these regulations.

 

If you have questions about the General Achievement Diploma, please contact Maureen B. Hijar (mhijar@mail.vak12ed.edu) at (804) 225-2894.

 

JLD/MH

 

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