GED Test Overhauled; Some States Opt for New Exam

The General Educational Development (GED) test, for decades the brand name for the high school equivalency exam, is about to undergo some changes.

Today, an upgraded GED exam and two new competing equivalency tests offered in several states will usher in a new era in adult education testing.

The GED exam was created in 1942 to help World War II veterans who dropped out of high school use college benefits offered under the GI Bill. This will be its first face-lift in more than a decade.

The revamped test is intended to be more rigorous and better aligned with the skills needed for college and today’s workplaces. The new test will only be offered on a computer, and it will cost more. What consumers pay for the test varies widely and depends on state assistance and other factors.

Even before its launch, officials in many states have balked at the cost increase and at doing away with paper-and-pencil testing. At least nine states—New York, New Hampshire, Missouri, Iowa, Montana, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine and West Virginia—severed ties with the GED test and adopted one of the two new tests that are entering the market. Three others—Wyoming, New Jersey and Nevada—will offer all three. Tennessee will offer the GED test and one other, and other states are expected to decide what to do in the coming months. <Read more.>

Via Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.