Standard Adult High School Diploma Task Force

2013 Session: Chapter 116 Article 2: Sec. 18.

STANDARD ADULT HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA ADVISORY TASK FORCE.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of education shall appoint a

nine-member advisory task force to recommend programmatic requirements for adult

basic education programs of instruction leading to a standard adult high school diploma

under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.52, subdivision 8.

Subd. 2. Membership. The commissioner of education must appoint representatives

from the following organizations to the task force by July 1, 2013:

(1) one employee of the Department of Education with expertise in adult basic

education;

(2) five administrators and teachers with expertise in development of education

curriculum from local adult basic education programs located in rural, suburban, and

urban areas of the state, at least one of whom represents the Literacy Action network;

(3) one employee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities with expertise

in adult basic education;

(4) one employee of the Department of Employment and Economic Development

with expertise in adult basic education and employment; and

(5) one member of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce familiar with adult basic

education programs under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.52.

Subd. 3. Duties. The duties of the task force shall include:

(1) reviewing "Minnesota Adult Secondary Credential: a Student Strategy for

Workforce Readiness and Individual Prosperity," a report submitted in 2012 by the

Minnesota Adult Secondary Task Force, and other relevant materials; and

(2) developing specific criteria to be used in awarding the new adult diploma.

Subd. 4. First meeting. The commissioner of education must convene the first

meeting of the task force by August 1, 2013.

Subd. 5. Chair. The commissioner shall appoint a chair.

Subd. 6. Assistance. The commissioner, upon request, must provide technical

assistance to task force members.

Subd. 7. Report. By February 1, 2014, the task force must submit its

recommendations to the commissioner of education for providing a standard adult high

school diploma to persons who are not eligible for kindergarten through grade 12 services,

who do not have a high school diploma, and who successfully complete an approved adult

basic education program of instruction necessary to earn an adult high school diploma.

The commissioner must consider these recommendations when adopting rules under

Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.52, subdivision 8.

Subd. 8. Sunset. The task force sunsets the day after submitting its report under

subdivision 7, or February 2, 2014, whichever is earlier.

EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 124D.52, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Subd. 8. Standard high school diploma for adults. (a) The commissioner shall

adopt rules for providing a standard adult high school diploma to persons who:

(1) are not eligible for kindergarten through grade 12 services;

(2) do not have a high school diploma; and

(3) successfully complete an adult basic education program of instruction approved

by the commissioner of education necessary to earn an adult high school diploma.

(b) Persons participating in an approved adult basic education program of instruction

must demonstrate the competencies, knowledge, and skills sufficient to ensure that

postsecondary programs and institutions and potential employers regard persons with a

standard high school diploma and persons with a standard adult high school diploma as

equally well prepared and qualified graduates. Approved adult basic education programs

of instruction under this subdivision must issue a standard adult high school diploma to

persons who successfully demonstrate the competencies, knowledge, and skills required

by the program.

EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective July 1, 2014.