Adult Diploma

Creating a third option for high school completion:  1. K-12 diplomas; 2. G.E.D.; and now 3. the new state adult 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.

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. For more information, please check out the following resources:

Standard Adult Diploma Resources

Implementation Phases

  1. Development:  May - October 2014
  2. Pilot:  November 2014 - June 2015
  3. Pilot 2:  November 2015-December 2016

Background Research


The New State Standard Adult High School Diploma (State Adult Diploma) embeds Minnesota's K-12 academic standards along with:  ABE's College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education; the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) from Academic, Career, and Employability Skills (ACES); and Northstar Digital Literacy Standards.


Competency DomainGuiding StandardsEnglish Language Arts

Minnesota K-12 Standards

College and Career Readiness StandardsMathematics

Minnesota K-12 Standards

College and Career Readiness StandardsSocial StudiesMinnesota K-12 StandardsScienceMinnesota K-12 StandardsEmployability and Career Development

Academic, Career and Employability Skills (ACES) Transitions Integration Framework (TIF)

Northstar Digital Literacy Standards

Planning Resources

ABE programs should also review state ABE Policies:



Adult Basic Education

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