Indiana Plans To Replace GED Next Year

August 29, 2013

The company blamed for the testing issues with the ISTEP has been selected by Indiana to replace the GED test.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Wednesday that they will use a new test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion from CTB/McGraw-Hill.

The new test, which all Indiana providers will be using, will begin in 2014.

The new assessment will ensure Indiana offers a high school equivalency test that is accessible, affordable, and meets employer demand.

According to the report, the GED exam is scheduled to double in price beginning in January. The new test will allow Hoosier test takers to pay considerably less while meeting industry demand.

“A quality workforce is essential to economic growth. It was crucial to select an exam that is on par with Indiana’s College and Career Readiness Standards while ensuring it is accessible to any Hoosier,” said Scott Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

In order to maintain accessibility, the new exam will continue to be offered in both paper and computer based formats. It will also be available in English, Spanish, Braille, and audio versions for the visually impaired.

The CTB/McGraw-Hill version was selected after a panel of representatives from the Indiana Department of Corrections, the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development evaluated all of the proposals offered.

The GED test was first released nationally in 1942. To date, there have been four different formats of the test. Next year, the GED is replacing the paper version with computer only testing.

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