Standard Adult High School Diploma Task Force

Adult Diploma Reflection: WA

Model: WA

What it is: Describing the Model’s Details

Key Questions to Answer:

A. What information is key to understanding this model that was not included in the brief at the meeting? Are these all college by college or is there a statewide plan? Do all colleges/ABE providers use NEDP?

B. Does this model provide for credit for prior learning, demonstrated competency, multiple learning opportunities/coursework, etc.?

C. How does this model meet the needs of Minnesota’s adults?

D. How do its standards compare to ABE standards? WA is a CASAS state for ABE, so they don’t use TABE at all. The alignment between CASAS for NRS and for the diploma is nice. Very clear that under 21 the diploma is issued by a HS or a college by student written request. 21 or older is always done by cc.

E. How do its standards compare to Minnesota’s K-12 standards? Unsure

F. How does this model compare to other models explored?

How it works: Describing the Model’s Implementation

Key Questions to Answer:

A. How could this model be implemented in Minnesota? Through consortia

B. What roles are needed to appropriately implement this model both at the state and local level?

C. How well could this model work in Minnesota’s ABE programs, thinking about programs of all sizes and in all areas of the state? Very complex – needs a lot of training and maintenance.

D. How sustainable would this model be, thinking in terms of operational costs? Not very

E. What adaptations or changes should we possibly consider if the task force chooses to select this model?


What questions do I still have that I would like to ask the specialists who work with this model?


Key Questions to Answer:

A. What are the model’s strengths? Standards

B. What are the model’s challenges? Tied only to CASAS

C. Could this adult diploma model could be adopted in Minnesota? Sure – but would we want it?

D. Could this adult diploma model would work well for adults needing a secondary credential? I don’t think it ties well to transitions.