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Education System

School District Adult General Education

What is the purpose of Adult General Education programs?

According to the 2018 American Community Survey, an estimated 1.8 million Floridians 25 or older do not have a high school diploma. Adult education programs are intended to address this problem by helping students become employable, productive citizens. These programs range from helping adults improve their basic academic and literacy skills to assisting teenagers in earning a high school credential.

What programs are available?

School districts provide six main programs that serve adult education students.
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a course of instruction designed to improve the employability of the state's workforce through instruction in mathematics, reading, language, and workforce readiness skills for students who are performing below the 9th grade level.
  • Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are non-credit English literacy courses designed to improve the employability of the state's workforce through acquisition of communication skills and cultural competencies that enhance the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in English.
  • Adult General Education for Adults with Disabilities provides specialized instruction in literacy, work-related skills, employability skills, and life skills to adult students with disabilities.
  • Adult High School Credit Program provides instruction preparing adult students to successfully complete credits leading to a high school diploma. Coursework is at the high school (9th through 12th grade) level.
  • Applied Academics for Adult Education provides readiness skills at the level of functional literacy necessary to pursue technical certificate education.
  • General Educational Development (GED) Preparation Program provides instruction that prepares students to pass the five General Educational Development subject area tests (reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies) and be awarded a State of Florida High School Diploma. General Education Development (GED) coursework is at the high school (9th through 12th grade) level, while Adult Basic Education (ABE) improves skills in mathematics, reading, language, and workforce readiness for students who are performing below the 9th grade level.
Florida College System institutions also offer adult education programs.

Who is eligible to enroll in Adult Education?

Adult education programs are available to individuals who
  • are 16 years or older and legally left the secondary school system;
  • do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent; or
  • want to learn or speak, read, and write the English language.

What are the curriculum frameworks?

The Department of Education provides curriculum frameworks for each adult education program. The frameworks describe the program's purpose, structure, and length, as well as the standards the program covers. A listing of the frameworks is found on the department's website.

How are program outcomes measured?

The National Reporting System is a federal accountability system measuring student outcomes and literacy gains in adult education and literacy programs.

What fees are students assessed for Adult Education?

Section 1009.22(3)(c), Florida Statutes, requires adult education programs to assess block tuition of $45 per half year or $30 per term.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

What are the applicable statutes?

Sections 1004.93, 1004.94, 1004.935, 1004.96, and 1004.98, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Kathleen Taylor; Bureau Chief; Standards, Benchmarks, and Frameworks; 850-245-9062; email:  careerandadulted@fldoe.org

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