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ACE AND PEARSON WORKING TO REVAMP GED TEST: New Test Will Be Aligned to Common Core, Serve as Assurance That Test Passers Are College and Career Ready

Earlier this year, the American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson announced that they were working to develop a new General Educational Development (GED) credential that is aligned with the common core state standards and assures postsecondary institutions and prospective employers alike that adults who have passed the GED test are prepared to compete and succeed in today’s global economy.

In addition to creating the new, more rigorous GED test, ACE and Pearson will also create a national test preparation program featuring an expanded array of innovative and personalized learning resources and a transition network that connects GED test takers to career and postsecondary educational opportunities.

“This bold, far-sighted, and innovative partnership will provide a new, fresh approach toward solving an old and pernicious problem—the incredible waste of human talent represented by the millions of Americans who lack a high school diploma,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “The resources provided through this partnership will dramatically extend access to the GED credential for American adults and ensure the future quality of the GED test. This partnership will also enable ACE to focus our efforts on learning pathways and policies that support adult learners.”

According to a recent Education Week article , the idea behind revamping the GED test was to reposition the GED as a “step in a journey toward postsecondary training, rather than as an end in itself.” The article notes that the new exam, which is due out in 2014, will have two passing points: the traditional one connoting high school equivalency and an additional, higher one signaling college and career readiness.

“The message is that you’re not here just to get a high school equivalency and walk out. You’re here to get prepared for careers and educational opportunities that are going to demand that you have even more skill,” Nicole M. Chestang, executive vice president of the GED Testing Service, told Education Week. “What we’ve all learned is that completing only high school—whether through a diploma or a GED—isn’t enough to prepare you. You need to use that credential to open doors to more training or education.”

According to ACE, the GED test is used by all fifty states and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. military and federal correctional institutions, for the purpose of awarding a high school graduation equivalency credential. Each year, nearly 800,000 GED tests are taken; in 2009, more than 470,000 individuals were awarded their high school credential.

Read the ACE press release at

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