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GED Option / High School Equivalency Programs (for youth ages 16-18)

There are a variety of reasons for pursuing a high school equivalency certificate rather than a high school diploma to prepare for college and career. Youth between the ages of 16 and 18 may take the test under the following circumstances:

  • They are enrolled in a GED Option Program, or a school that has a GED test program;
  • They have obtained a release from compulsory attendance from the resident school district or education service district, or have permission to take the test from a parent or legal guardian and the resident school district or education service district (this includes students who are currently or have been home schooled).

To find a GED Option Program near you, please contact your resident school district or education service district.


Related Statutes and Rules:

ORS 339.030 - Exemptions from Compulsory Attendance

OAR 589-077-0400: Requirements

OAR 581-022-1131: Credit Options

OAR 581-021-0076: Exemption from Compulsory Attendance



For additional information, please contact Annie Marges, Alternative Education Options Specialist for ODE: annie.marges@ode.oregon.gov