Standard Adult High School Diploma Task Force

Reporting Back: October: Adult High School Diploma Task Force

Between the September and October task force meetings, members had the opportunity to participate in calls with representatives from the state adult diploma program specialists in Vermont and Wisconsin. We reviewed key concepts learned and answered questions about the models. Next, we analyzed what we liked and what questions or potential concerns we still had about the two models.

Vermont

LIKE

• Revision and alignment process that involves local ABE/Adult Diploma staff and state ABE/education staff.
• Project choices based on needs.
• Standardized list.
• Alignment to state and national standards (potential)
Applied learning

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS

• Academic rigor (math, science)?
• Timeline
• Credit for prior learning?
• Ability to test out of areas?

Wisconsin

LIKE

• Multiple options tailored to students’ needs.
• Start with a student counseling session to assess needs and pathway.
Well-articulated state law.

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS

• Not portable (option 5.09).
• No consistent or common standards.
• Funding & system differences (creates difficulty for implementation in MN).
Interpretation of state law?

Adult Diploma Rule/Model

The proposed Adult Diploma statute, rule, or model should possibly include or allow the following, either explicitly or tacitly:

Standard model

o Consistent

o Portable across programs, especially in case an ABE Adult Diploma student moves

o Ability to target, based on students’ needs

• Eligibility

o age

o NRS level (6th Grade Reading Proficiency required to begin the Adult Diploma Program)

• Tie to academic standards

o Common Core State Standards (national), College and Career Readiness Standards (federal), Academic Career and Employability Standards (ACES)

• Ability to Update

o Ensure that a process can refine/update as standards evolve (include state & local staff).

• Logistics

o Common data collection in state ABE database.

• Completion/Demonstration of Learning

o Credit for Prior Learning

o ABE Coursework

o Applied Learning (for example, with projects)

o Testing (using a standard

• Operated within ABE system

o A both the state & local level

o Administered by MDE-ABE office to approve local programs and monitor them

o ABE program = funded and approved by MN Dept. of Education with ABE state & federal funds.

• Who gives diploma?

o Local district, MDE, or both?

o Possibly: Approved by state and diploma records maintained by MDE, with the ability for local districts to provide diploma

Next Meeting: November 8

Meeting time switched to noon; National External Diploma Program presentation in morning.

9–11:30 a.m.: National External Diploma Program

12–3 p.m.: Adult Diploma Task Force Meeting

• Discuss:

o Ground view

o Standards and state administration

o How to develop and implement the model

o How to shape the policy

• Collaboratively outline model components

Decide additional time and tasks