GED deadline nears

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Offenders who are working toward a GED diploma are facing a critical deadline.  The GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C., is completely revamping the GED tests to keep up with tougher high school graduation standards.

That means as of Jan. 1, students who have not completed the five tests must start over with the new 2014 version of the GED tests.

"Support is available, right here in IDOC," said Julie Oye-Johnson, IDOC's education program director. "We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want offenders to succeed."

Oye-Johnson says if you know an inmate who has not completed their GED testing, you should refer them to the education program at their facility. Probationers and parolees can get help from their local community college's Adult Basic Education program.

The GED is no longer viewed as being easier to obtain than a high school credential. Research has shown that many regular high school graduates would be unable to pass the GED tests.

The 2002 version of the tests added essay-writing.  The 2014 version is expected to add even more writing to ensure that students are tested in more ways than just multiple-choice questions.



Story published: 08/27/2013
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