Adult Education News
Northwest Service Cooperative Adult Basic Education (ABE) was recently selected as one of 4 programs in the state to begin training to offer the new Statewide Adult High School Diploma to adult learners in northwest Minnesota. Other consortia who will also receive this training include Adult Options in Education (Hopkins), Department of Corrections (Lino Lakes), Lakes and Prairie ABE (Wadena). Once training is completed in late 2017, ABE will begin to offer standard Adult Diploma instruction in the communities of East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, and Bemidji, with ancillary access to the program available in other school districts within the consortium following the initial pilot rollout of the program. This is the third round of implementation training offered by the Dept. of Education, and when rollout is complete, adult learners in this region of the state will have three options for completing their high school diploma.
1. K-12 Diploma Completion: Also known as Credit Completion or Credit Recovery. Traditional adult diploma programs are provided for eligible adults leading to a high school diploma from a sponsoring Minnesota school district. This is typically using a credit-completion model. Due to the intensive time commitment for adult students and expensive resource commitment for programs, this model is not available in many Minnesota ABE programs. In northwest Minnesota, this option is only available to adult learners through New Paths Learning Center in Crookston, MN.
2. Test-Based Secondary Credential: G.E.D. testing is available across the state, and those passing the G.E.D. exam in Minnesota will receive an equivalency diploma from the Minnesota Department of Education.
3. New State Standard Adult High School Diploma: In the 2014 Minnesota legislative session, a third option for adults needing a secondary credential was approved. This new state standard adult high school diploma is competency-based.