CDE Announcements Archive


Update - June 12 (sent June 12, 2020)

Dear Adult Educator,

This notice contains information from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Program Memorandum OCTAE 20-5 which can be found online at This Program Memo is the third in a series addressing issues and questions related to COVID-19.

  1. Programs can enroll new students in distance education programs with the student taking a pre-test during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    1. Agencies must still determine that the individual is eligible for WIOA Title II services.
    2. The student is considered a participant once they have 12 contact hours. These contact hours must be reported in CASAS TE, even if a pre-test was not administered.
    3. Agencies should administer the pre-test as soon as feasibly possible.
  2. During the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies may use other assessment methods to provisionally assign an Education Functioning Level (EFL) when an approved test cannot be administered.
  3. In order to achieve an EFL gain, a student must have had a pre and post test or exited the adult education program and transitioned to postsecondary education.
  4. A student can achieve a Measurable Skill Gain (MSG) by attaining a high school diploma or equivalent (GED or HiSET).
  5. Adults in correctional institutions may use, if able and allowable, the same distance learning methods for instruction as are used by all other agencies in California.

We also received good news this week related to high school equivalency exams. Both the GED and HiSET are beginning remote testing of students. You can find more information in the California Department of Education Assessment Spotlight at

As we move to the close of this fiscal year, I want to thank all of you for being able to pivot so quickly to ensure that students were able to continue learning. Please express my thanks also to your teachers as they are on the forefront of this new teaching environment.

We will be developing and sending out another survey mid-summer. We want to gain an understanding of how agencies intend to offer programs in the next school year.


Carolyn Zachry
State Director/Education Administrator
Adult Education Office
California Department of Education