Texas — Changes coming next year have students scrambling to complete GED testing — or lose the progress they’ve made.
“Yes, you have to start over again,” said GED Testing Service spokesman Armando Diaz, noting the test’s trademarked creator expects the number of students taking the test this year to jump from the usual 700,000 to at least 1 million as students strive to preserve credit for portions they’ve passed.
A new version of the test, given nationwide, will be introduced Jan. 1. Developers say the first major changes since 2002 will align the test with the new Common Core curricula adopted by most states to increase college and career readiness. Six out of 10 jobs in America are expected to require some form of post-high school training by 2020. The days are fading when a high school diploma, or the GED equivalency, was an end unto itself, Diaz said.
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