After GED Test Overhaul, Philly Organizations Ready For ChangeBy Erin Kane, Generosity |
"On January 1st, the GED test underwent major changes, becoming for the first time a computer-based assessment that measures core curriculum along with college and career-readiness skills.
The new exam has also generated mixed reception. Some claim the test’s increased cost — from $75 to $120 — and difficulty will prove to be a barrier for test-takers. Others like Michael Mander, a GED instructor at the nonprofit Center for Literacy, are embracing the changes.
“I definitely think the test is moving in a direction that’s necessary with the changes in the world,” Mander says. “Everyone needs to be computer literate, and it’s making sure that you’re on that level playing field with those coming out of high school.”
Mander and his colleagues are preparing students for the tech-driven world by giving web assignments, and some teachers use their own websites to complement in-class activities.
“Even before the changeover, we said, ‘let’s make this contextual, let’s make this work,” says instructor Michelle Jensen, who uses workplace documents, such as memos, to help students apply their skills beyond the classroom.
The new GED test, aligned with current high school standards, has four content areas — literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies — and requires test-takers to demonstrate some subject mastery in order to pass. They will also have to demonstrate the ability to write a cogent argument."
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