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How to Earn Your High School Diploma in Louisiana
Earning your high school diploma is important for getting into college or being able to apply, and be qualified, for a job. Apart from its traditional high school system, Louisiana also offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) programs for adults over the age of 18 who did not earn their diploma or graduate with their high school class. The HiSET can also be taken by 16-18 year old candidates under certain circumstances and with the appropriate documentation.
Louisiana's Graduation Requirements
Louisiana's graduation requirements vary based on each student's vocational and educational goals. For the class of 2018 onward, students follow either the TOPS University Diploma path or the Jump Start TOPS Tech Career Diploma path. They also offer community service endorsements for those students who meet the additional requirements.
Both diplomas require 4 units of English, 4 units of Math, 4 units of Science, 4 units of Social Studies, and 2 units of Health/PE. The University Diploma additionally requires 2 units of Foreign Language, 1 unit of Art, and 3 units of electives for a total of 24 credits. The Career Diploma additionally requires 9 units of Jump Start courses for a total of 23 credits.
Adult Education Options
Louisiana recently launched a new adult education program known as WorkReady U. This program was designed to help Louisiana residents who do not have a high school diploma or an equivalent meet their academic or professional goals. This program assists with streamlining the adult education process to help people go from learning and developing basic skills to obtaining a high school diploma equivalent and pursuing job opportunities. The program also includes any necessary English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
At the beginning of the adult education program, you will be asked to take some assessments so you may be placed in the proper education functioning level (EFL). When the proper education level is reached, it is recommended that you take the HiSET exam.
The HiSET exam is a high school equivalency test that is widely accepted. It was created by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Iowa Testing Programs as an alternative to the GED test. It consists of five tests designed to show high school competency in basic subjects, including social studies, science, math, language arts-reading and language arts-writing. Louisiana requires that you earn at least an 8 on each subset test. You must also score 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test, and have a total score of at least 45 for all five sub-tests.