update on the GED

(Update: second part of this post with more info)

In Today's Economy, How Far Can A GED Take You? : NPR:
""The GED is a credential. Is it adequate for gainful employment and a living wage in the United States of America today? I do not think so," says Los Angeles Schools Superintendent John Deasy. His top lieutenant in charge of adult and career education, Ed Morris, is even more blunt.
"If I were prepared today with a GED, and that's what I had as an 18-year-old, I'd be scared to death of the future," he says."
and this:
"Some critics would like to scrap the GED altogether, but Chestang says that's not going to happen. Instead, in 2014, the GED will morph into two new tests — one that's aligned with more rigorous high school standards, the other more attuned to career and college readiness."
Lots of good comments, too, at the site (NPR)

More on the changes coming and this, too and the GED site as well
The new business, modeled to represent a public-private partnership, will retain the GED Testing Service name. The new GED Testing Service will build on its past experience in adult and continuing education by harnessing the considerable resources of Pearson, the world's largest education and testing company, with the nearly 70-year history of ACE to expand access to the GED Test, ensure its quality and integrity, and adapt the GED Test to 21st century testing practices. The three primary components of the GED 21st Century Initiative will include:
  • A new, more rigorous GED Test aligned with Common Core State Standards designed to ensure career- and college-readiness;
  • A national test preparation program featuring an expanding array of innovative and personalized learning resources; and,
  • A transition network that connects GED test-takers to career and postsecondary educational opportunities.

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