GEDTGlobal Engineering Design Team (UK)
GEDTGeneral Educational Development Test
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Starting in January of 2014, GEDTS will transition from the current assessment to a new, more rigorous GED test aligned to the CCSS, which have been adopted by most states.
Concurrent with the rollout of the new assessment, GEDTS will also transition from a paper-based test (PBT) to a new test delivery model--computer-based testing (CBT).
These recently announced changes--a more rigorous GED test, a new delivery model, and essentially a new vendor (PearsonVue, the GEDTS service provider)--have understandably led to frequent and widespread discussion among correctional education practitioners, who will need to adapt their GED programs accordingly.
Acknowledging the huge task of designing appropriate professional development for all those providing instruction in Adult Basic Education programs across the country, GEDTS partnered with the Correctional Education Association (CEA), the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), and the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) to ascertain professional development needs and design a standard training package for educators.
Additionally, GEDTS published the Assessment Guide for Educators to guide individuals through the new assessment.
The tension occurs as jurisdictions become operational and current while correctional units are expected to establish a legal relationship with Pearson to access the software and a contractual relationship with GEDTS, LLC to for the purpose of establishing the fee structure and payment method.
Whereas the number of adults receiving accommodations in 2000 represents a significant increase (over 110%) compared to 1993, the overall number of requests for SLD accommodations decreased by 19% in 2000 compared to 1999 (GEDTS, 2000).
Issues addressed included views on the adequacy of counselor training on the GED, knowledge about the content of the GED and the GEDTS accommodations allowed, perceived importance of the GED to the future vocational success of clients with SLD, and perceived equitability of the GED with the high school diploma.
If educational settings allow such accommodations for meeting degree or certification requirements, other agencies (e.g., GEDTS) seemingly have a more difficult time justifying the restriction of options for qualified individuals.
GEDTS also promises to more closely integrate the testing program with instruction, so that GED "scores" can guide additional learning.
GEDTS staff describes the GED as becoming a test that successful adult students will take more than once.