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DC State Board of Education Approves State Diploma

Thursday, January 21, 2016

(Washington, DC) - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) overwhelming approved the awarding of a State Diploma for adult students at its January 20 public meeting. This resolution allows the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to award a State Diploma to individuals who passed the General Education Development (GED) exam since January 2014, or completed the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).

Over sixty thousand District residents lack a high school diploma, and the passage of the State Diploma reflects the belief that a state credential may reduce barriers to economic or educational opportunity. The SBOE conducted extensive public engagement on the issue, and heard testimony from many adult education students and community members about the need for this credential.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my colleagues tonight,” said Ward 8 SBOE Member Tierra Jolly. “The State Diploma will have an immediate and lasting impact on District residents.”

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at