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GED test changes announced for this year

CATTARAUGUS — According to Bethany Ruane, adult literacy/GED team leader for Cattaraugus-Allegany Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, time is running out for those who are working toward earning their GEDs.

Individuals who have passed portions of the current assessment have a limited time window in which to complete their other test components and earn GEDs, under the current practices.

“The end is near, for the current test,” Ruane said. “Only 9 1/2 months and 10 local testing opportunities are left. New York state will move to the new high school equivalency exam, beginning in January 2014.

“It is paramount that individuals who have passed part of the current test be in attendance at one of these 10 dates or at another testing center, before the end of December 2013,” Ruane said.

“Otherwise, they must start over, with whichever test they decide to take.”

On March 7, the New York State Education Department announced that it will contract with CTB/McGraw Hill, to develop a high school equivalency diploma assessment to replace the GED test.

GEDTS, a new for-profit entity created by the American Council on Education and Pearson Incorporated, announced plans to double the state’s cost of administering Pearson’s new exam, in 2014.

State law prohibits charging individuals to take HSE exams. The state budget has historically included an appropriation to cover the cost of administering the tests.

GEDTS has announced that the new GED test will cost each candidate; this will double the amount that New York state currently pays to administer the GED test.

In response to the increased cost and changes in the administration and content of the GED test, the board of Regents has sought proposals that will identify an assessment for a HSE diploma.

For more information about the BOCES GED programs, call 376-8293.

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