EducationEducation Policy / November 22, 2013

Time Running Out For Indiana Students To Take GED Test

Elle Moxley - StateImpact Indiana
Time Running Out For Indiana Students To Take GED Test

Indiana students seeking their GED have less than a month to finish their coursework before the state switches to a new high school equivalency diploma.

For decades, the GED has been synonymous with high school equivalency. But GED Testing Services is moving the exam entirely online in 2014. That’s a problem because most Hoosiers still take a paper and pencil version of the test.

So earlier this year the Department of Workforce Development announced it was dropping the GED in favor of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC, which doesn’t require a computer.

Monroe County Community School Corporation Director of Adult Education Robert Moore says the new test will look a lot different than the GED exam it replaces.

“It’s not going to be just necessarily a science literacy test or a social studies literacy test where they would read passages like on the GED test and answer questions about them,” says Moore. “They’ll actually have to know a little bit about science and a little bit of some social studies subjects.”

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