I am a GED instructor. In addition to folks who dropped out of school, all homeschooled youth must pass the GED exam to get their diploma.
Not quite all, but MOST, homeschooled youth score much higher on the exam than others.
Are the homeschooled students required to take a GED course or do they simply take the exam? No point, just curious.
That GED requirement does not apply in all states.
I live in TX and I have no idea what you are talking about. That is why Texas is the best state for homeschooling.
Okay, long post, but I’m passionate about homeschooling.
In our state they have a program called Dual Credit. If a high school student passes the college level placement test, they can take college courses at the community college and they count as high school and college credit.
We homeschooled through 9th grade, then used the community college for high school. So a student graduates at the end of what would have been 12th grade and have their high school diploma and AA. Tuition is free, the school board pays the CC tuition. Books for public school kids are free, but if you’re a homeschooler using the program you have to pay for the students books.
I know dozens of homeschool kids using this alternative.
Huge advantage for the student is they’re 18 and have their AA so transfer to University as a Junior. Our kid transferred 78 hours of credits toward his Bachelors, credits he earned during his high school years at the CC. The only down side, until they can drive, you’re a virtual chauffeur because the way college classes are arranged, you are dropping them off and picking them up at different hours of the day. I’m not sure how many states have this program, but I know some have a similar program.
Another plus, they’re living at home while going through their general requirements, and you can talk to them about what they’re learning and hopefully be able to debunk any liberal propaganda that might be spewed by profs (although we’ve found that CC profs are more conservative than University profs...many of his profs were retired military.)
My DIL was also homeschooled, took some classes at the CC during high school, but not enough for an AA, so she did need a GED when it came time to get her AA (they required a proof of HS diploma before they award the AA.) But in dual credit, they get them at the same time.
We had a wedding a year ago and in looking at the family photo which included my siblings, their kids, and their kids kids...we counted 21 homeschooled kids in the group.
It’s growing exponentially, Interesting thing too is several of our kids who were homeschool married homeschooled kids. Most have college degrees, and none are unemployed.
My point is homeschooling is not just an alternative education, is can offer an outstanding education, and you don’t have to, as a parent/teacher, be proficient in the higher maths and sciences, you can use other resources.
There are other testing options, besides the GED regime, for diplomas. They can be Googled.
Many home school associations in various states have umbrella setups for diploma testing.
Our home-schooled children have entered institutes and colleges, by testing, without standard high school diplomas.
On our part, the diploma itself has never been the issue. For the many benefits of home-schooling, we decided way back in 1982, when we began, that we would gladly undergo the difficulties with documentation at graduation time.
We have one son, without a high school diploma, graduate from a language institute in Texas, and go on to receive an accredited bachelors degree from a college in South Dakota. Another son is enrolled in an accredited college in the computer science program.
Testing got the boys in to these institutions, and they can go just as high in their fields as anyone who received a public school diploma.