"GED� 21st Century Initiative"
GED 21st Century Initiative ® Hunt Institute & State Higher Education Executive Officers Molly Corbett Broad, President May 10, 2011 Chapel Hill, NC The High School Drop-out Crisis 450,000 earn GED® credential 750,000 tested 1.3 million drop out annually 39 million adults with no high school diploma GED® 21st Century Initiative New GED Post-Credential Learning Pathways Assessment Transition Network Aligned with Common Supports for candidates to Research-tested Core standards, certifies make a successful preparation materials, high school equivalency transition to good practice information, and career/college postsecondary education professional community readiness and career opportunities Vision for Evolution of the GED Program From To • Content aligned to 1999 high • Rigorous content aligned to school curriculum common core state standards • Passing standard empirically set • Proficiency levels based on based on norm-referenced criterion-referenced performance performance of graduating high standards for both high school and school seniors career/college readiness • Non-standardized paper-based • Standardized computer-based test test delivery channel delivery channel • Few instructional programs that • More instructional programs with demonstrate significant promise in evidence-based practices accelerating proficiency gains demonstrating accelerated proficiency gains The GED Assessment, Common Core, and Adult Education • Benchmark knowledge/skills adult learners will need to be career- and college-ready. • Provide clear guidelines for adult educators. • Link GED preparation to developmental education. The New GED Testing Service: A Winning Partnership • A new corporate entity formed jointly by ACE and Pearson: GED Testing Service, LLC. • Co-managed by ACE and Pearson • The new effort will concentrate the expertise and resources of each partner to: – Ensure the future quality and integrity of the GED Test – Adapt the GED Test to meet 21st century needs – Provide a driver to transform adult education Panel Discussion