Testing for Literacy
POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 6:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 8:05pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Starting on January 1, 2014, the decade-old G-E-D Literacy Test will have some updates.
The current test is a five-subject hand-written examination. In comparison, the new test will have only four sections and include more algebra and writing.
However the most exciting change is all subject assessments will now be taken on a computer.
Richard Swain, the G-E-D supervisor for the Literacy Council of Tyler says, "We're trying to generate the ease and comfort of not only taking the test, but taking the test on the computer".
Students will be given a minimum of one hour of computer training a month.
The Literacy Council of Tyler spoke with KETK to share the benefits of these encouraging changes.
Swain claims, "When they get their G-E-D they're going to be more college ready more career ready".
Literacy council members believe this directly benefits the local Tyler community because of the student's involvement throughout the city.
Nancy Crawford, the Executive Director on the Literacy Council states, "They're working in our hospitals, they're working in a lot of our manual labor jobs, they have jobs all over this town".
Their goal is to help adults get back on track, and meet their personal goals to achieve dreams.