Chapter 11. Special Programs. Subchapter 8. High School Proficiency Certificates. High School Equivalency Certificate - for Persons 18 Years of Age or Older. Eligibility to Take a Test to Obtain a High School Equivalency Certificate.
(a) A person is eligible to take a test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate no sooner than 60 days prior to the date he or she is eligible to receive a certificate pursuant to Education Code section 51420(c).
(b) The 60 day limitation in subdivision (a) does not apply to any person who is 17 years of age or older who has been out of school for at least 60 days and who submits a letter of request for the test from the military, a postsecondary educational institution or a prospective employer.
(c) Any person who is 17 years of age or older who is incarcerated in a California state or county correctional facility and who meets the following criteria is eligible to take a test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate:
(1) The person does not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements for a high school diploma.
(2) The person has adequate academic skills to successfully complete a test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate.
(3) The person understands the options available regarding acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school equivalency certificate or the high school proficiency certificate, and the requirements, expectations, benefits and limitations of each option.
(4) The person has sufficient commitment time left to complete an entire test to obtain a high school equivalency certificate battery before release; or if released before completion of the test, may complete testing at an authorized testing center.
Education Code 51426
Education Code 51420
Education Code 51422
(Amended by Register 2013, No. 39.)