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February 25, 2013

Rising cost of GED test prompts state to consider options

Any new test would likely use Common Core standards

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INDIANAPOLIS —

But, as Dowd said: “Those days are over.”

The search for alternatives to the GED came last year, after the sole provider of the GED test, the nonprofit American Council on Education, partnered with a for-profit company, Pearson PLC, which publishes education-test materials. With the partnership came the agreement to revamp the GED to make it all computer-based and to bring it in line with the Common Core standards that have been adopted by 45 states, including Indiana.

The cost to take the GED test with pencil and paper is $70. The new computer-based test is $120.

Dowd said Indiana, along with a number of other states, is looking at alternatives to the GED test that may be less expensive for the test-taker but gets to the same goal: Identifying what the test-taker knows about standard subject areas including math, science and social studies.

Any new test would likely also incorporate the Common Core standards, a set of academic guidelines that states have agreed on for what high school students should know by the time they graduate.

More information about the Indiana Adult Education program, and the assistance available to help adults earn their GED, is online at www.in.gov/dwd/adulted.htm

— Maureen Hayden covers the Indiana Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

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