Revamping the GED

The Common Core standards have, in part, prompted yet another reform: that of the GED. Ed Week reports that the American Council on Education (which created the GED) and education publisher Pearson are redesigning the high school equivalency test.

According to the article, part of the revamping will be to create two different passing points: one that signals high school equivalency, and one that signals college and career readiness. The new exam is due out in 2014. 

I think this is an interesting reform. The Center’s Better Late Than Never report showed that students who received a GED had only slightly better outcomes than dropouts — students who stayed in school and graduated, even late, received a regular diploma experienced much better outcomes in all areas. Improving the GED could improve these outcomes.

I would, however, like to understand what they feel the difference is between a high school education and readiness for college and career. Exactly what would they do other than college or a job? Our report on 21st century education shows that more and more jobs will require post-secondary training. The article doesn’t say much about what is the difference between the rigor of the two passing points, and I’d like to know. I applaud what they’re doing, and hope that both passing points will properly prepare students for college and the workforce. –Rebecca St. Andrie

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