COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 233

December 9, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Effective Date for the Regulations Governing Adult High School Programs

 

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform school divisions that the revised Regulations Governing Adult High School Programs, 8 VAC 20-30-20, as approved by the Board of Education on January 12, 2005, have completed the administrative review process and are now in effect.

 

First, these regulations create an adult high school diploma for those individuals who were not required to earn verified credits at the time they entered the ninth grade but who meet the credit requirements that were in place at the time they entered the ninth grade. Second, an adult high school diploma will be issued to individuals who complete the External Diploma Program (EDP). Previously, EDP candidates earned a standard high school diploma. Third, although adults are eligible to earn a Standard or Advanced Studies high school diploma, they must meet all credit requirements defined by the current Regulations Establishing the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20-131) at the time that they will graduate. Adults enrolled in a program leading to a standard diploma prior to August 15, 2005, should be granted the option of completing the requirements of the program they were enrolled in prior to that date.

 

The regulations allow school divisions to issue an adult high school diploma to adults who complete the course requirements for a diploma, including the EDP, but who do not complete the requirements for a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma.

 

If you have any questions about the revised Regulations Governing Adult High School Programs, please contact C. Michael Nusbaum (Michael.Nusbaum@doe.virginia.gov), specialist, Office of Adult Education and Literacy, at (804)786-7644.

 

 

 

JLD/EH/gjm

 

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