KRS 151B.410(1) requires the Department for Adult Education and Literacy to promulgate necessary administrative regulations and administer a statewide adult education and literacy system through the state. KRS 151B.023 designates the Department for Adult Education and Literacy to carry out the statewide mission on adult education. The department has the responsibility for all administrative functions of the state in relation to the management, control and operations of programs and services in adult education and literacy. KRS 151B.125 recognizes the general educational development (GED) test for high school equivalency purposes in Kentucky. This administrative regulation establishes the eligibility requirements for taking the GED test.
Section 1: Eligibility Requirements. Except as provided in Sections 2 and 3 of this administrative regulation, the GED test shall be administered to an applicant with a Kentucky address who:(1) Has reached his 19th birthday; or(2) Is at least seventeen (17) years of age, and:(a) The applicant has officially withdrawn from public or private school ascertified by the local school district; and(b) The applicant's last enrolled class has graduated; or(c) The applicant has been out of formal instruction for a period of one (1) year.
Section 2: Exigent Circumstances. An applicant at least sixteen (16) years of age who believes exigent circumstances exist and who does not meet the conditions of Section 1 of this administrative regulation may request an exemption from the local school superintendent or designee in the district where the applicant resides. An exemption granted on the basis of exigent circumstances or a denial shall be in writing. A copy of all exigent circumstance decisions shall be mailed or faxed within five (5) working days of the decision to the state GED administrator. An applicant may appeal a denial by the local school superintendent to the Commissioner of the Department for Adult Education and Literacy.
Section 3: Exemptions. An applicant at least sixteen (16) years of age with a Kentucky address shall be eligible to take the GED test if the applicant is:(1) Committed or placed in a state correctional facility;(2) Enrolled in the Jobs Corps Program of Instruction;(3) Considered a state agency child, as defined by KRS 158.135(1)(a) and receives approval for the GED test from his interdisciplinary team; or(4) Detained in a juvenile detention center or juvenile holding facility, and the applicant:(a) Is at least one (1) year behind academically from his graduating class;(b) Has a minimum stay in detention of thirty (30) days; and(c) Is approved for the GED test by the local school superintendent.
Section 4: Test Readiness. An applicant shall be certified as test-ready by a Department for Adult Education and Literacy designated entity.(1) Before taking the official GED test, an applicant shall:(a) Successfully complete the Official GED Practice Test with the samepassing scores required for the GED test or present a Kentucky Educational Television GED Connection Voucher.(b) Complete the GED Testing Application Form. This form shall be available from a local adult education provider, local school superintendent, or the Department for Adult Education and Literacy.(2) Military personnel shall:(a) Not be required to complete the GED Testing Application Form prior totaking the test; and(b) Complete the Military GED Application (Form 300-M) before a high school equivalency diploma shall be issued.
Section 5: Incorporation by Reference.
(1) The following material is incorporated by reference:(a) "GED Testing Application (DAEL-6)", revised 10/12/01 edition, Cabinet for Workforce Development, Department for Adult Education and Literacy; and(b) "Application for High School Equivalency Diploma or Certificate (MilitaryGED Application) (Form 300-M)", revised 6/96 edition, GED TestingService, Washington, D.C.(2) This material may be inspected, copied or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department for Adult Education and Literacy, Capital Plaza Tower, Third Floor, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (28 Ky.R. 1276; Am. 1637; eff. 1-14-2002).
KRS 151B.410(1) requires the Department for Adult Education and Literacy to promulgate necessary administrative regulations and administer a statewide adult education and literacy system throughout the state. KRS 151B.023 requires the Department for Adult Education and Literacy to implement the twenty (20) year state strategy to reduce the number of adults at the lowest levels of literacy and most in need of adult education and literacy services. KRS 151B.125 recognizes the General Educational Development or GED test for high school equivalency purposes in Kentucky. The administrative regulation establishes the procedure for testing an adult for the GED diploma.
Section 1: Test Subjects. The GED test shall provide a valid means of measuring the educational achievement of an adult who is a non-high school graduate and of comparing the adult's competency with that of high school graduates. The test shall be a high school level battery consisting of five (5) comprehensive examinations covering:(1) Language Arts, Writing;(2) Social Studies;(3) Science;(4) Language Arts, Reading; and(5) Mathematics.
Section 2: Test Centers. Official GED testing centers shall be established under contract with the GED Testing Service. The Commissioner of the Department for Adult Education and Literacy shall authorize the location of these centers.
Section 3: Test Scores.
(1) The Department for Adult Education and Literacy shall:(a) Administer the scoring of the tests;(b) Accept scores as official if reported by:1. A state, territorial or provincial department of education;2. A GED testing center;3. The GED Testing Service; or4. DANTES (as the repository of score reports issued by the U.S. Armed Forces Institute).` (2) An applicant shall score the minimum standard score on each subtest and the minimum overall average score on the Official GED Test as set by GED Testing Service. If an applicant passes the five (5) subtests with a minimum standard test score on each subtest, but does not attain an overall average standard score, he shall be eligible to retake any subtest in an attempt to raise the overall standard score.
Section 4: GED Diploma. The Department for Adult Education and Literacy shall provide a high school equivalency diploma to an applicant who meets all the provisions of this administrative regulation and the eligibility requirements established by 785 KAR 1:130.
Section 5: Test Fees.
(1) The testing fee shall be a uniform fee of thirty (30) dollars per test or six (6) dollars per subtest.(2) A five (5) dollar fee shall be collected for the issuance of a duplicate GED diploma or transcript. A request for a score shall be in writing and shall carry the signature, birth date and Social Security number of the examinee. (22 Ky.R. 639; eff.11-2-95; 23 Ky.R. 1679; 2480; eff. 12-5-96; 24 Ky.R. 407; 894; eff. 10-2-97; 25 Ky.R. 2673; 26 Ky.R. 62; eff. 7-14-99; 28 Ky.R. 1214; 1636; eff. 1-14-2002.)