THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, SECONDARY AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
ALBANY, NY 12234
State High School Equivalency Diploma
- Are all alternative education programs high school
No. Alternative education programs can either lead to a high school diploma or
to a high school equivalency diploma.
- What are the various types of high school equivalency
programs that school districts and BOCES can operate?
There are three types of programs that lead to a high school equivalency
diploma that school districts and BOCES can operate. They are:
- Alternative High School Equivalency Preparation Program
(AHSEP). Youth must be beyond compulsory school age and under the age of 19 years at
enrollment. [ C.R. 100.7 (h)]
- High School Equivalency Program (HSE). Youth must be at
least 18 years of age and less than 21 years of age to participate in the program. [ C.R.
- Employment Preparation Education Programs (EPE). For
individuals who are over 21 years of age. [ C.R. Part 168 ]
- Has there been a change in the age ranges of students who
can be admitted to the Alternative High School Equivalency Program (AHSEP)?
Yes. The change has increased the upper age of students from under the age of
18 to under the age of 19. All special and general education education students who have
completed the school year in which they turned 16 years of age, or such older maximum age
as the board of education of the school district may designate for required school
attendance, and who are under the age of 19 can enter the program.
- What are the changes to the AHSEP program requirements for
All students who participate in the AHSEP program should receive a minimum of
12 hours of program activity per week. For students with reading and mathematics levels at
grade nine or above on tests approved by the Commissioner, preparation for the General
Educational Development (GED) Tests shall be no less than six hours of the minimum 12-hour
For students with reading or mathematics levels below grade nine on tests approved
by the Commissioner, no less than 9 hours of the minimum 12-hour program shall be
instruction in reading, mathematics, oral and written communication, and life skills.
Previously, students who tested at the eighth grade level in reading were in the
first category and received six hours of instruction in preparation for the GED Tests.
- What are the requirements to receive a high school
equivalency diploma through college level credits?
Beginning with applications made after September 1, 2000, 24 college credits must be
earned at an approved institution distributed as follows: six credits in English language
arts including writing, speaking and reading (literature); six credits in mathematics;
three credits in natural science; three credits in social science; three credits in
humanities; and three credits in career and technical education and/or foreign languages.
[C.R. 100.7 (a) (2) (iii)].