Changes to GED Program in 2014 Aimed at a Smarter Texas

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Texas State Board of Education Member Perez Helps to Secure
New Benefit for Students

Hon. Marisa B. Perez, District 3 Texas State Board of Education Member hosted a round-table discussion to review the changes to the GED® exam in 2014. Local business leaders, educators and policy makers had an opportunity to learn first-hand about the changes coming in the 2014 GED® program from GED Testing Service President and CEO, Mr. Randy Trask.

Mr. Trask announced to roundtable participants that beginning in January of 2014, GED Testing Service would offer adults a new benefit, lower retest prices. According to Mr. Trask, GED Testing Service will waive its fees for adults who do not pass the test on their first attempt. This benefit includes two retests per subject and amounts to a $20 reduction in price per test. Repeat test-takers will still pay a test center fee of $10.00 and the Texas state government charge of $3.75. Board Member Perez, District 3 Texas State Board of Education Member, had been encouraging GED Testing Service to offer a sustainable program that also supports test-takers unable to pass the test on their first attempt.

“The GED test is a vital tool to help put Texans into good jobs with good wages, capable of sustaining a family,” said Ms. Perez. "I have been in dialogue with GED Testing Service and the Texas Education Agency to ensure that the changes are done seamlessly and in a community oriented manner in order to ensure that the momentum in educational attainment by our communities does not suffer. I have asked GED president Randy Trask to visit San Antonio and hear from our stakeholders on their experiences and thoughts on the new exam. It is important that San Antonio have an active role in this topic."

“The GED test is a vital tool to help put Texans into good jobs with good wages, capable of sustaining a family,” said Board Member Perez. “By waiving their fees for retesting, GED Testing Service is demonstrating their confidence in the new preparation and testing program and removing a barrier from those trying to earn their second chance at a high school credential.”

Current GED test takers are reminded that scores may expire at the end of this year and may not roll over to the new 2014 series.

Board Member Perez stated " The State Board of Education must decide on the policy for those test takers that do not finish the current exam by Dec. 31, 2013. There may be the possibility that the SBOE decides not to allow the grandfathering of exam scores. That is why it is so important to get the word out and encourage current test takers to finish the exams before the changes are implemented."

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