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Adult High School programs in Florida serve primarily two groups of students:
1. Those that have withdrawn from their high school, and are only attending at the adult education center.
2. Those that are co-enrolled, that is, currently enrolled in a regular high school while also attending an adult high school program, usually at night, to acquire a limited number of credits toward graduation.
Adult high schools provide an opportunity for students who have either had an interruption in their education, an unusual scheduling need, or a deficit in their credits to continue toward the goal of achieving a standard high school diploma. An adult high school student, receiving a standard diploma will meet the same graduation requirements mandated for secondary students.
The Tests of GED® Tests, is a battery of five tests that, when passed, certifies the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. To pass the GED® Tests and earn a GED® credential, test takers must score higher than 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide. Some jurisdictions require that students pass additional tests, such as an English proficiency exam or civics test.
The GED® is sometimes referred to as a "General Equivalency Diploma" or "General Education(al) Diploma ." These and other improper references to the “GED®” trademark are not authorized by the American Council on Education, which develops the tests and sets the rules for their use. Jurisdictions award a "Certificate of General Educational Development" or similarly titled credential to persons who meet the passing score requirements.
Only individuals who have not earned a high school diploma may take the GED® Tests. The tests were originally created to help veterans after World War II return to civilian life. Common reasons for GED® recipients not having received a high school diploma include immigration to the United States; homeschooling; and leaving high school early due to a lack of interest, the inability to pass required courses, the need to work, or personal problems.
In addition to English, the GED® Tests is available in Spanish, large print, audiocassette, and braille. Tests and test preparation are routinely offered in correctional facilities and on military bases in addition to more traditional settings. Individuals living outside the United States, Canada, or U.S. territories may be eligible to take the GED® Tests through Thomson Prometric.