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SBCTC Policy Manual
Chapter 4: Instructional Program and Course Development


4.50.00 Adult Basic Education and Family Literacy

The State Board is responsible for administration of the state and federally funded adult basic education programs in the State of Washington (see RCW 28B.50.020 (3); RCW 28B.50.030 (12); RCW 28B.50.250; SBCTC Adult Basic Education).

4.50.10 Certificate of Educational Competence Program (GED)

The State Board is the state administrator for GED testing. The Board authorizes agencies to administer the General Education Development Test to qualify persons for the Certificate of Educational Competence including determining eligibility for taking the GED test and administering the test (see WAC 131-48; WAC 131-48-060; RCW 28B.50.912; RCW 28B.50.536; Washington State GED website).

4.50.20 High School Completion

Community and technical colleges are authorized to provide opportunities for adults to complete studies leading to a high school diploma, provided that admission to such a program is consistent with the general community and technical college residency procedures and diplomas are awarded subject to Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education rules and regulations (see RCW 28B.50.535; WAC 131‑12‑010). Minimum requirements for completing high school are set by the State Board of Education (see WAC 180-51-061). Statutory provisions govern the program for persons 18 years of age and over (see WAC 180-51-053). For graduation requirements for students over age 21 see WAC 180-51-035.


Policy History

ActionDescriptionRevision Date
WAC 180-72-055 repealed and  WAC 180-51-035 amended by the WA State Board of Education 4.50.20 changed from 19 years of age to 18 years of age and added WAC reference for students over 21. 3/10/2005
SBCTC Resolution 02-09-16 Board approved Policy Manual 9/19/2002

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