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Programs and Services

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE services provide instruction in reading, writing, and math at grade-level equivalents through eighth grade. ABE also includes English Language instruction to individuals of limited English proficiency.


ASE services provide instruction in reading, writing and math at the 9-12 grade-level equivalents.

Distance Learning

The Distance Learning Project (DLP) is a statewide initiative that collaborates with agencies to provide distance learning opportunities for adult learners interested in preparing for the High School Equivalency Tests, developing their workplace skills, and/or improving their reading, writing or math skills.

English Literacy/Civics Education

EL/Civics funding supports programs to teach English language instruction in the context of civics and citizenship goals.

Family Literacy

Family literacy programs address the literacy needs of all members of the family while promoting parents' involvement in their children's education. These programs integrate early childhood education and adult education in a unified program. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education administers the family literacy program through Pennsylvania's Adult Literacy Act 143.

high school equivalency tests Preparation

Instruction is available to prepare adults who do not have a high school diploma to take the High School Equivalency Tests to earn the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma.

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More information on the High School Equivalency Tests in Pennsylvania and Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma