Posted 10 months ago
By John Axtell
Nearly 10,000 Nebraskans working on their GEDs in lieu of high school diplomas need to finish up by the end of this year or they’ll have to start over because the GED Testing Service will be releasing a new series of tests for the first time in a decade.
The GED, or general equivalency development certification, is earned by passing a series of five tests — reading, writing, social studies, science and math – and Vicki Bauer, director of adult education for the Nebraska Department of Education, says no test scores will carry over, so anyone who hasn’t passed all 5 tests by the end of the year will have to take them all again.
9,700 Nebraskaare currently in the process of taking the 5 tests but haven’t finished. In 2011…3,741 Nebraskans registered for the tests…2,493 took all 5…and 2,059 received their GEDs, an 83% completion rate. Nationally, more than 800,000 adults took the tests last year.
The new tests will be computer-based, rather than taken with paper and pencil, a transition that already has begun. Participants will register online beginning next year and all the tests will be computer-based…which Bauer says will give students their scores immediately on all but the literacy portion.
She also says the new test series will require more analytical skills, with writing and reading combined into one literacy test that will include a new extended-response writing assignment.
The new test series also will be aligned with the common core standards adopted by most states, although not Nebraska, and will measure participants’ career or post-secondary readiness, which the current tests do not.