Wyoming may become one of these states, thanks to a change in statute that took all specific references to the GED brand off the books during the most recent legislative session.
In Cheyenne, the situation is much the same.
Darlene Willis, 55, peered through her glasses at the computer screen on a recent Wednesday morning.
The new test is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, includes an individualized program for each student, and will be taken exclusively on a computer. It is widely agreed the new test is more difficult than the old version, adult educators at Casper College said.
A committee weighing alternatives to the GED test recently submitted its recommendations to the Wyoming Community College Commission, Tallabas said. It is ultimately the commission's decision which test or tests to approve for Wyoming, and up to the individual testing centers to put the test into action. The commission will discuss and potentially decide on which test to use in 2014 at its next meeting in the middle of this month, Tallabas said.
"We are doing everything in our power to get them back in here," Casper College adult basic education instructor Connie Colman said of students who are part way through their testing process. "It would be a tragedy for some of these people who have been working on theirs for years to lose what they've done."
The change in statute replaced the term "general educational development (GED)" with "high school equivalency certificate," a more generic description. Itgave Wyoming the option to offer tests other than the GED, though whether the state will do so is still unclear.
She's back in the classroom now, in part to support her daughter, who stopped going to classes shortly into her sophomore year of high school and is now seeking an equivalent Nike Air Max 95 Blue Junior
Which for Wyoming?
"We specifically requested the change because of the privatization of the GED brand," Tallabas said. "Because ofthe fact that we don't want to tie our program to one specific product, we changed the name to the generic."
Changes will happen
"It's not just a test," Trask told reporters recently. It's a comprehensive online guide to success on the GED, with 24 hour access to practice tests, test results, career training materials and information about local resources.
Since Pearson acquired GED Testing Service and trademarked the phrase "GED," other educational companies and nonprofits have begun developing similar tests.
high school equivalency diploma each year.
Darlene had little more than a year of high school left when she dropped out in 1974. She became pregnant, she said, and left school to work before finishing her junior year.
National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium reported recently six states have formally cut Air Max High Top Black ties with the now for profit GED Testing Service in favor of another test. Another fifteen states are considering switching from the GED test in the next two years, the consortium reported.
The pair was learning to use a computer program to study vocabulary at Casper College's Adult Learning Center, where some 800 adults study for their Nike Air Max 80
Her 17 year old daughter, Nichole, leaned over from the next seat to help.
GED Testing Service says the program will more quickly move adults into colleges, jobs and better wages. The organization is already reporting greater success rates, saying students who take the test on a computer pass at a rate nearly 15 percentage points higher than pencil and paper test takers. Students taking the GED on computer are more likely to retake a test they failed, the organization said.
Changes on the way for Wyoming GED students
The overhaul of the 70 year old test is intended to better meet the needs of 21st century learners and workers, said Randy Trask, president and CEO of GED Testing Service, the for profit joint venture between education company Pearson Vue and the American Council on Education.
In Wyoming, more than half the GED testing locations in the state already made the change to giving the test on computers, according to the Wyoming Community College Commission's High School Equivalency Certification Program manager, Troy Tallabas.
But in the meantime, testing centers are encouraging students who have started but not finished their series of GED tests to hustle. Some change, they say, is inevitable.
And, a recent change in state statute opened the doors for Wyoming to consider becoming one of a growing number of states choosing to use a test other than the GED, which has for more than 60 years been the only high school equivalency certification program on the market.
"Life got in the way," Darlene said of her later opportunities to go back to school for a high school certificate. "And I just never did it."
Darlene and Nichole are beginning their studies on the cusp of changes set to take place in the GED test nationwide. Starting Jan. 2, a new version of the test will make any prior, incomplete scores unusable. Students who have taken some but not all of the GED subject area tests must start from scratch if they do not finish testing by the end of December.
States are starting to notice.
"We're encouraging any of our current students, if we feel they're ready, to go ahead and [finish the test]," Kelly Willmarth, program manager for the Adult Career and Education System at Laramie County Community College, said. Willmarth sent letters to students who visited the center since 2002 and were one or two tests away from finishing their certification. About two dozen, she said, returned to finish testing before their time runs out.
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