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August 30, 2013

State replacing GED with new exam

Officials say exam is expected to better meet industry demands.

Indiana will be replacing the GED with its own high school equivalency test next year, state officials announced Wednesday.

The state will contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill — the company blamed for this year’s ISTEP testing glitches — to provide the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The assessment will be aligned with Indiana’s College and Career Readiness standards and will increase in rigor over the next few years to meet industry demands.

The GED Testing Service issued its own statement following the announcement.

“The simple fact is that what GED Testing Service had to offer was different than what the state wanted,” said Nicole Chestang, executive vice president of the GED Testing Service. “While we, and a large majority of other states, find the GED test to be a more effective test, we are disappointed that we couldn’t submit a proposal to offer the GED test in Indiana next year. We are as committed as we’ve always been to giving the adults in Indiana who lack a high school diploma a fighting chance at a better life. We’ve always had a strong relationship with the adult education, workforce development and Department of Education in Indiana, and we hope to work with them in the future to ensure that the 2014 GED program will still be available to the adult learners seeking the value and portability of the GED credential.”

According to the state, though, the new assessment will be considerably cheaper than the GED, which is set to double in price next year.

The test will also be offered both online and on paper — another departure from the GED.

Starting in January, the GED will only be offered online.

Earlier this year, local officials were worried about the coming changes to the GED.

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