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Adult Education

Adult Education (AE) empowers individuals to become self-sufficient by providing the basic skills and knowledge necessary to complete a secondary education. Tennessee Adult Education provides basic skills upgrades and works with individuals to help them meet their educational and career goals. We have classes across the state to enhance future employment opportunities and personal growth: Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency test preparation for those who have not completed high school, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

If you didn't finish high school, there are free classes in every county at the adult education centers to prepare you to take the High School Equivalency Exam. We are here to help prepare you to continue your education or improve your career possibilities.

 
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We'll schedule a time for you to come in and take a pre-test and create a class based on your skill level.

Testing Services

The Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma is based on competence in reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. The attainment of the diploma is your first step and can help you move on to the next level - college, technical training, or a better job.

Beginning January 1, 2014, individuals seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma will have the option of taking the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test) or GED® (General Educational Development) Exam.

 

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    ATTENTION: Changes in High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing         

    The Lois DeBerry Tennessee Alternative Diploma Act was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly and approved by the State Board of Education in 2013. 

    Beginning January 1, 2014, individuals seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma will have the option of taking the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test) or GED® (General Educational Development) Exam.

    Passing either exam will lead to a state government-issued high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, the exact same credential that has been issued in Tennessee since 1944. 

    The State of Tennessee will not distinguish between the two tests when issuing the HSE diploma, transcript or verification. For those Tennesseans who did not graduate from high school, the HSE diploma will continue to be the portal when seeking employment or post-secondary opportunities regardless of which test was successfully completed.