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High School Equivalency Certificate Regulations


Title 5. EDUCATION
Division 1.  California Department of Education
Chapter 11. Special Programs
Subchapter 8. High School Proficiency Certificates
Article 2. High School Equivalency Certificate – For Persons 18 Years of Age or Older

 

Section 11530. Definitions.

(a) “Resident of this State” means a person who either presently lives in the State of California, or who has his domicile in California in accordance with the criteria established in Government Code section 244.

(b) The “Fee” referred to in Education Code section 51421(a) shall be $20.00 and shall be submitted by the examinee at the time of the initial registration for a test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate.

(c) “Certificate” means a document containing the words “California High School Equivalency Certificate.”

Note: Authority cited: Section 51426, Education Code. Reference: Sections 51420, 51421 and 51425, Education Code.

Section 11531. Approval of Testing Centers.

(a) A testing center may be approved by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to administer tests for purposes of Education Code section 51420 provided it has complied with all of the following:

     (1) Provided the California Department of Education (CDE) with all required information indicating:

     (A) Name of Institutional Chief Administrative Office and title,

     (B) Name of Chief Examiner and Alternate Examiner(s) and their titles,

     (C) Name of testing facility,

     (D) Contacting agency or school district,

     (E) Address of the testing center.

     (2) Agreed to comply with all test security requirements provided by the CDE and to maintain all required records regarding tests and testing activities.

     (3) Agreed to provide each examinee with his or her test scores.

     (4) Agreed to inspection by authorized representatives of the CDE.

(b) The SSPI may suspend or revoke the approval, or deny renewal of an approval, of any center for failure or refusal to maintain any one or more of the standards described in subdivision (a) of this section. 

Note: Authority cited: Section 51426, Education Code. Reference: Sections 51420, 51422 and 51423, Education Code.

Section 11532. Eligibility to Take a Test to Obtain a High School Equivalency Certificate.

(a) A person is eligible to take a test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate no sooner than 60 days prior to the date he or she is eligible to receive a certificate pursuant to Education Code section 51420(c).

(b) The 60 day limitation in subdivision (a) does not apply to any person who is 17 years of age or older who has been out of school for at least 60 days and who submits a letter of request for the test from the military, a postsecondary educational institution or a prospective employer.

(c) Any person who is 17 years of age or older who is incarcerated in a California state or county correctional facility and who meets the following criteria is eligible to take a test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate:

(1) The person does not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements for a high school diploma.

(2) The person has adequate academic skills to successfully complete a test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate.

(3) The person understands the options available regarding acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school equivalency certificate or the high school proficiency certificate, and the requirements, expectations, benefits and limitations of each option.

(4) The person has sufficient commitment time left to complete an entire test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate battery before release; or if released before completion of the test, may complete testing at an authorized testing center.

Note: Authority cited: Section 51426, Education Code. Reference: Sections 51420 and 51422, Education Code.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 29, 2016
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