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According 34 CFR 460.4 [Title 34 – Education; Subtitle B -- Regulations of the Offices of the Department of Education; Chapter IV -- Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education; Part 460 -- Adult Education -- General Provisions], the term adult secondary education means “instruction designed for an adult who--
(1) Is literate and can function in everyday life, but is not proficient; or
(2) Does not have a certificate of graduation (or its equivalent) from a school providing secondary education.
If using grade level measures, adult secondary education includes grades 9 through 12.9.”