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Alternative Education

Permanent Rule Change for Age Waivers

The requirement to request an age waiver for high school students who are ready to complete their last GED Test has been updated to a permanent rule change. This rule change will be effective October 1, 2021: 255 PI5. Students will no longer be required to wait to take their last test. This impacts high school students who are in an approved program such as GED Option #2, 118.15 contract students working on their High School Equivalency Diploma, and students who graduated from the Wisconsin Challenge Academy.

Alternative Education

The alternative education program works with school districts to develop programs that help all students to be successful. Program ideas range from early intervention for at-risk learners that start the student off on the right track to programs for students who have lost their way entirely. For the student who has lost his or her way, this might include jail or detention based education, credit acceleration, a behavior program or just an opportunity to come back to school and graduate.

While the short-term goal of alternative education is to meet the needs of some students, the long-term goal must be to identify successful alternative education strategies and use these strategies as a basis for improving the learning opportunities for all children.



Alternative Education Administration
Sherry Holly, Consultant
(608) 267-1062


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