Adult Diploma Programs

COVID-19 Education Information: Flexibility for Providers and Students in the 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program and Adult Diploma Program

Issued April 24, 2020

The coronavirus health crisis has affected the ability of students in the 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program and Adult Diploma Program to earn a high school diploma. Recently enacted Ohio law (House Bill 197 of the 133rd General Assembly, Section 17(K)) directs the superintendent of public instruction to collaborate with providers in both programs to ensure maximum flexibility to assist students enrolled in these programs. For this purpose, the state superintendent may waive or extend deadlines or otherwise grant providers and students flexibility for completion of program requirements. The following information details the flexibility granted by the state superintendent to providers and students of these programs.

 

22+ Adult High School Diploma Program

The 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program is a credit recovery program that helps adults earn a high school diploma. The program is free for adults who are age 22 and older, live in Ohio and have yet to earn a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency.

FLEXIBILITY OPTIONS

Due to the coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure, the Ohio Graduation Tests and other required graduation assessments are not available to students in the 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program at this time. The Ohio Department of Education is taking two actions to grant providers flexibility to assist students in meeting the program requirements:

  1. Extending the 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program deadline for completing the required assessments from June 30, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020.
  2. Allowing providers the choice to allow students to complete capstone projects as a substitute for required assessments. Eligible students in the program can choose to complete the capstone project or the required assessments by Dec. 31, 2020.

Should providers choose to allow use of a capstone project in place of required assessments, the project must adhere to the Department’s capstone guidance. The Department’s capstone guidance document outlines the required components of a successful capstone project and the process to follow to evaluate student work. The 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program must evaluate and approve the capstone project.

This flexibility gives the 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program providers choices to best assist students in meeting the program requirements. While the flexibility to use capstone projects is available to all 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program providers, the Department encourages providers to work with each student to identify the best option for that student. The ultimate goal is to ensure students have the flexibility to meet the program requirements to earn a high school diploma.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

A student eligible to take advantage of this flexibility includes one who is:

  • In Awarded and Accepted status within the electronic reporting system as of March 14, 2020; and

  • In the first or second year of the program as of March 14, 2020, and meets the following criteria:
    • Is a first-year student with 3.5 credits or fewer remaining as of April 1, 2020; or
    • Is a second-year student with all course credits completed by June 30, 2020.
 

Adult Diploma Program

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and a new pathway for adults to earn a high school diploma AND industry-recognized credentials aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs. The program is open to adults age 22 and older who live in Ohio and have yet to earn a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency.

FLEXIBILITY OPTION

Due to the coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure, the WorkKeys and industry-recognized credential assessments are unavailable or not easily accessible for Adult Diploma Program students. To provide appropriate flexibility, the Department will extend the Adult Diploma Program completion deadline from June 30, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020.

Extending the Adult Diploma Program completion date to Dec. 31, 2020, affords providers the flexibility to assist students in completing program requirements, including taking the WorkKeys or industry-recognized credential assessments. The ultimate goal is to ensure students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and industry-recognized credentials.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

Students eligible to take advantage of this flexibility include those enrolled in the Adult Diploma Program as of March 14, 2020.

 

 

Last Modified: 4/27/2020 9:14:01 AM