Inmates taking GED tests face important deadline

Three inmates in caps and gowns at graduation ceremony
Graduation ceremony at ISCI

BOISE, Idaho,December 7, 2012 -- If you know an offender who is making their way through the GED exams, make sure they know they must complete all the tests by the end of next year or start over.

Todd Schwartz, Idaho Professional-Technical Education State Administrator, announced that the current version of the GED test will expire in Idaho on December 19, 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014.

The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.  Within the IDOC last year, over 500 offenders completed their GED testing.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Mr. Schwartz. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

 “Support is available, right here in IDOC,” said Julie Oye-Johnson, 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!”

Please refer offenders who have not completed their GED testing to the correctional facility education program or, for the districts, to your local community college ABE program.

Pass the word to clients:  “To anyone who has already started the GED test, your future is calling. By passing the GED test, you can answer that call,” said Randy Trask, president and CEO of GED Testing Service. “You owe it to yourself. Don’t miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life.”


Story published: 12/07/2012
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