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Submitted By: Kathleen Mahar, Far Northern Consortium (Siskiyou and Modoc)

Common Diploma for all Siskiyou County Adult Schools

  • Type of Practice: Alignment of Programs
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, CTE Student, English Language Learners, High School Diploma Students, Returning Students, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Adult Education Consortium: Anderson Union High School District, Butte Valley Unified School District, Corning Union High School District, Dunsmuir Joint Union High School, Gateway Unified School District, Los Molinos Unified School District, Mountain Valley Unified School District, Red Bluff Joint Union High School District, Scott Valley Unified School District, Shasta Union High School District, Siskiyou Union High School District, Southern Trinity JUSD, Tulelake Basin Joint USD

The Challenge

For years the adult education programs throughout the county have used several different diploma requirements. There may or may not have been any entry assessments used to determine skill levels of the adult learners. Transcripts may have been analyzed to determine where students may have left off in meeting diploma requirements. This is difficult when students are relocating throughout the county trying to finish and schools are using different standards and assessments.

The Solution

A common diploma requirement across the county can streamline the adult learner process--- to diploma. The core foundation classes make up 120 required credits and the elective core make up 80. This makes a total requirement of 200 credits. As part of the elective package, there is a capstone project requirement worth 20 credits. There is also an option for students to earn a certificate level I in a vocational area. The certificate is an additional 10 credits. The diploma, plus certificate is a total of 210 credits. Students will enter at whatever level they left off at any previous school. There will also be a common benchmark assessment used to determine skill level for better placement in courses. This data can then be shared throughout the county sites.

Our objective with our core foundation subjects is to connect the curriculum to career themes in each of the subject areas. This will not only prepare students better but be more relative to their lives.


This will be implemented this year.

The Data

We are excited to track the results and impact on our adult learners.

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