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Trustees Approve Equivalency Prep Program

The Huntington School District is establishing an alternative high school equivalency preparation program. The State Education Department approved the district's program application late last month. Huntington School Board members gave a green light to the program this past Monday night.

The program will run as a bilingual General Education Development (GED) program during its first year. "Each student enrolled in the program must receive a minimum of 12 program hours per week," Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. said. "Students must be given entrance tests in reading and mathematics to determine their approximate skill level."

District officials have identified 13 possible students who would comprise program's first class. To participate in the program a student needs to be at least 16 years old and as substantial risk of not completing requirements for a high school diploma.

The program will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The district will hold a meeting for prospective students and their parents this week.

"The students will not begin instruction specifically designed to prepare for the GED tests unless they read at a 9.0 grade level as determined on a standardized achievement test," Dr. Card said. "Students with reading and mathematics levels below grade 9.0 will receive nine of the minimum 12 hours per week in instruction in reading, mathematics, oral and written communication and life skills."

Those students with reading and math levels at grade 9.0 or above as determined by standardized testing will receive at least six hours of the minimum 12 hours per week of instruction in preparation for the GED exams.

Dr. Card and Carmen Kasper, district director of foreign language, ESL and bilingual programs, held a series of meetings to develop the parameters under which the new program will operate.

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