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Adult Education Centers Push Students To Finish GED Exams Before Test Change

Plainfield Prison GED classroom

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Students in Dawn Grage's GED classroom are trying to pass the high school equivalency test before it changes next year.

Adult education centers across the state are encouraging students to finish up incomplete GED exams before the company redesigns the high school equivalency exam. From Lafayette Journal & Courier reporter Mikel Livingston:

Beginning Jan. 1, the GED, a high school equivalency credential, will be dropped in favor of a new, more rigorous GED test, developed by Pearson VUE Testing and the American Council on Education. It’s the largest overhaul in the test’s 69-year history.

Earlier this year, officials at test sites such as the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy were concerned the new test would bring a higher cost and would drop the paper-and-pencil version in favor of a solely online test. Since then, most of those concerns have been hammered out and a paper-and-pencil version will be offered.

But the switch could still be frustrating for those who have been dragging their feet. If someone has passed four of the five GED subtests, for example, and the window passes, they’ll have to completely start over.

We wrote last month that Indiana is moving away from the GED in favor of a new test from CTB/McGraw-Hill, called TASC — the Test Assessing Secondary Completion.

At the time, spokesman from the Department of Workforce Development told StateImpact the new exam is a better indicator of college- and career-readiness, which is what employers are looking for out of a high school equivalency program.

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