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High School Equivalency Program - FAQs

High School Equivalency Program - FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions are in the following categories.  Click on the topic to view the related questions and answers.


Application to Operate a HSEP

Can any open enrollment charter school or school district operate a new HSEP?
Yes. Any school district or open enrollment charter school may apply for authorization to operate a program. As part of the application process, the commissioner shall require a district or school to provide information regarding the operation of any similar program during the preceding five years.

Can an open enrollment charter school or a school district that does not have an approved application with TEA continue an existing GED In-School program using only local funds?
No. Only open enrollment charter schools and school districts approved by TEA can operate a GED In-School program (HSEP).

Does each campus in an open enrollment charter school or a school district need to complete the application for the HSEP?
No. Only one application needs to be completed for each open enrollment charter school or each school district as long as the charter school or school district renews its application every consecutive school year.

Does the governing board or the local board of trustees have to approve the application?
Yes. The governing board of an open enrollment charter school or the local board of trustees must approve the HSEP application before it is submitted.

What is the process for a school district or open enrollment charter to discontinue an HSEP?
The district or open enrollment charter school will need to submit a letter or email from the superintendent or chief administrative officer requesting to be removed from the HSEP program.

Does the operation of the HSEP need to be included in the district and campus improvement plans?
Yes. This should be addressed in the campus improvement plan that deals with at-risk situations.

Is the evaluation specified in the HSEP application linked to the accountability system?
No. The information submitted in this report will not be used for determining the accountability rating.

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Public Hearing

What are the HSEP requirements related to the hearing to be conducted by the governing board for open-enrollment charter school or the local board of trustees?
The governing board for an open enrollment charter school or the local board of trustees for a school district must follow the same procedures and timeliness for this hearing as a regular meeting of the governing board or a board of trustees. The board of trustees of a school district or governing board of an open enrollment charter school shall hold a public hearing concerning the proposed application for HSEP before applying and subsequently hold a public hearing annually to review the performance of the program.

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Student Eligibility to Participate in the HSEP

If a student has been out of school for over 2 years, does the student have to attempt the TAKS before he/she can be enrolled in the HSEP?
A student must have taken the appropriate end-of-course assessment instruments before entering the HSEP and must take each appropriate end-of-course assessment instrument administered during the period in which the student is enrolled in the program.  This rule does not apply to court ordered or Texas Youth Commission students.

Can the requirement of completion of less than 1/3 of the student's graduation plan be waived?
No. A student must have completed fewer than 1/3 of the credits required for graduation under the district's or the open enrollment charter school's minimum graduation plan. According to TEC §7.056 (e)(3)(H), a school campus or district or open enrollment charter school may not receive an exemption or waiver under this section from a requirement, restriction, or prohibition relating to at-risk programs under Subchapter C, Chapter 29 which includes §29.087 High School Equivalency Programs .

For students who are court ordered and Texas Youth Commission students, the TAKS testing is waived for the students to enroll in the HSEP. Do they have to be held to the 1/3 or less requirement in order to be enrolled in the HSEP?
Students ordered by a court under Code of Criminal Procedure Article 45.054  or by the Texas Youth Commission do not have to meet the 1/3 or less credit requirement.

Does a student who is ordered by the court to be placed in a HSEP have to meet the eligibility requirements of Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.087 (d)(2)?
A student ordered by the court under TEC 29.087(d)(1) does not have to meet the eligibility requirement of 29.087(d)(2) and TAKS testing for enrollment is waived.

Can a 16 year old recovered dropout, who has never been enrolled in high school, be allowed to enroll in a HSEP?
The student must have been enrolled to at least the 9th grade level in public, charter, private or home school in order to enroll in the HSEP. A student participating in the program may not take the high school equivalency examination unless the student has taken the required assessment instruments.

If a student meets all enrollment requirements by having taken the TAKS and by having less than one-third of the credits required to be enrolled, does the student have to attempt the TAKS at the next available test date before he/she can take the GED test?
The student must have taken the assessment instrument specified by Section 39.023 (a) before taking the high school equivalency examination and must take the TAKS while enrolled in the program when given.

Do students have to attempt all sections of the TAKS before they can enroll in the HSEP or can they attempt the first TAKS and then be eligible to enroll in HSEP?
The student has to take the entire TAKS test to meet enrollment requirements.

What if a student is enrolled in HSEP, drops out of the HSEP, and wants to re-enter HSEP?
The student must meet all the enrollment criteria to re-enter the HSEP.

If a student is participating in a HSEP class, and does not receive his GED, will he/she be counted as a dropout under No Child Left Behind?
As long as the student is coded enrolled in a public school, even if enrolled in HSEP, and not as a leaver, he is defined as a continuing student; therefore, not counted as a dropout.

How does a HSEP make provisions for students classified as special education?
The provisions for a student in special education must be specified in his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP). The federal regulations for special education supersedes state regulations. The federal laws and regulations for special education must be implemented.

What is the role of the ARD committee in the placement of Special Education students in a HSEP? Do Special Education students have to meet all the requirements to enroll in and participate in a HSEP?
The ARD committee has the authority to place a special education student in a HSEP. Therefore, special education students may not need to meet assessment requirements specified by HSEP law 29-087 (f). When special education students are ready to take the GED test, they must have a HSEP Authorization Form to be admitted. For the date of the administration of the TAKS assessment, enter September 1, 2001. This will indicate that the student is not required to take the TAKS.

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Student Eligibility to Take the GED Test

Do 18-year-old students need approval by their parents or guardian to take the GED Test?
Generally, no, unless the 18 year-old is under a guardianship, then it may require the permission of the guardian in place of the adult student.

Are 16-year-old students allowed to take the GED Test?
Generally no; however, there are some exceptions:

  • A student in Job Corps or Texas ChalleNGe Corps program;
  • A public agency with supervision or custody under court order recommends the applicant taking the GED test:
    • Juvenile Probation;
    • Texas Youth Commission (TYC) custody or being supervised on parole by TYC;
    • Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has custody;
    • recommended by a court that is supervising probation pursuant to Article 45.054 for failure to attend school.
       
     

Can a 16 year old recovered dropout, who has never been enrolled in high school, be allowed to enroll in a HSEP?
The student must have been enrolled in at least the 9th grade level in public, charter, private or home school in order to enroll in the HSEP. Furthermore, a student participating in the program may not take the high school equivalency examination unless the student has taken the required assessment instruments.

Would a student have to complete the HSEP during the year in which the student entered the program in order to not be classified as a dropout?
No. They will be defined as a continuing student. Each student's plan should be developed to meet the educational needs of the student in school.

If a student enrolled in the HSEP withdraws from the program before taking the exit level assessment, how long does the student have to wait before being allowed to take the GED Test?
The student will not be eligible to take the GED TEST until after their 18th birthday.

What type of picture identification does a student need in order to be admitted to a GED Test Site?
Acceptable forms of identification include government-issued identification (both national and foreign), provided that the identification includes date of birth, photograph, address and signature. Examples of acceptable identification include drivers' licenses, passports, and military and other government-issued identification cards. Comparable forms of government-issued identification, such as that provided by motor vehicle departments to non drivers which show name, date of birth, photograph, address, and signature, are also acceptable forms of identification.

What types of documentation do students need to present to be admitted to the GED test site?

Age Court Ordered HSEP
Students
Regular HSEP Students
Diploma Route Students
16 1. HSEP Authorization Form
2. Government I. D.
2. Court Order

Ineligible to take GED Test
Ineligible to take GED test
17 1. HSEP Authorization Form
2. Government I. D.
2. Court Order

1. HSEP Authorization Form
2. Government I. D.
1. Withdrawal Form
2. Government I. D.
3. Parental Permission Form
18 &
Over
1. HSEP Authorization Form
2. Court Order
3. Government I. D.

1. HSEP Authorization Form
2. Government I. D.
1. Government ID

When court ordered and Texas Youth Commission students are ready to take the GED test, they must have a HSEP Authorization Form and should put September 1, 2005 for the date of "TAKS Test Date Taken".

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Attendance

How is attendance recorded for HSEP students for ADA purposes?
A student must receive instruction in the HSEP (or HSEP in combination with traditional coursework) at least 45 minutes on a given day for instructional contact time to be recorded for ADA. HSEP attendance is reported using the 500 series PEIMS records for each reporting period. A district must report all minutes of instruction attended by a student for each six week reporting period. However, no student may generate more than one (1.000) ADA for FSP funding purposes for a school year within a district and/or campus.

What if attendance for an HSEP student is less than 45 minutes on a given day?
If actual instructional contact time in the HSEP (or the HSEP in combination with traditional coursework) does not equal at least 45 minutes on a given day, your district must record 0 minutes of instructional contact time for that day.

What is the maximum number of contact minutes for an HSEP student on a given day?
The maximum number of instructional contact minutes allowed each school day, including any instructional time accounted for in traditional courses toward graduation requirements, is 600 minutes.

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Assessment

Special Education in Texas, Commissioner's Rules concerning Assessment TAC, Title 19, Part II, Chapter 89, Subchapter DD, 1409

When are students required to take the assessment instruments?
Students participating in an HSEP program must take the assessment instrument specified by the TEC §39.023(a) based on student assigned grade level during the period in which the student is enrolled in the program with the exception of court-ordered or Texas Youth Commission students.

What are the TAKS testing requirements for court-ordered or Texas Youth Commission students?
Court-ordered and TYC students enrolled in the HSEP program are exempt from the grade-level assessments.

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Program Operation

What kind of recognition is required for students who successfully complete the HSEP and pass the GED Test?
The open enrollment charter schools and school districts are required to hold some type of ceremony, so that, parents and friends may attend to honor those who have participated in a HSEP, passed the GED Test, and received a GED completion credential.

Can a HSEP be a component of a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)?
Yes. However, this does not mean that a student assigned to a DAEP is automatically placed in the HSEP. Students participating in a HSEP and assigned to a DAEP must meet eligibility requirements specified in TEC §29.087(d)(2).

If a student is 18 years old, do(es) the parent(s) or guardian(s) of that student have to agree to entering the HSEP prior to enrollment?
Yes, the parent or guardian would still need to agree in writing for the student to participate in the HSEP.

Do I need to enter a PEIMS Student Leaver for a student that passes the GED and exits school?
Leaver records are not submitted for students who obtain GED certificates at Texas examination sites.

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 HSEP
512.475.3541
hsep@tea.state.tx.us

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