General Educational Development Test (GED)
Homeschooled students sixteen to nineteen years old may take the GED as outlined in the law, RCW 28A.305.190. In order to take the GED, you must do two things. First, the parent must determine and certify in writing that the student has completed a high school course of study. This written statement must be notarized, WAC 180.96.053. Second, you must obtain an application for taking the GED from your school district, usually from your local high school, WAC 180.96.048. At this time, you may be asked for your notarized certification of completion, but often aren't. The application form must be signed by a district employee, and is required in order to take the GED. GED exams are given at technical and community colleges across the state. Check with your local technical or community college for testing schedule and fees. Good Luck!
Rules regulating the employment of minors are contained in WAC Chapter 296-125. The minimum age for employment in the state of Washington is fourteen, WAC 296-125-018. The number of hours a minor may work is outlined in WAC 269-125-027.
WAC 269-125-027 (3) "Sixteen- and seventeen-year-old minors who have been issued a certificate of educational competence pursuant to RCW 28A.305.190 (GED), are enrolled in a bona fide college program (Running Start), are named on a valid certificate of marriage, or are shown as the parent on a valid certificate of birth may work as would be permitted during school vacations."
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