GEDTSGeneral Educational Development Testing Service
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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.
The primary question for many correctional units is whether they have to go through their State's GED Jurisdiction to sign contracts or work directly with GEDTS, LLC and PearsonVUE to sign contracts and establish the legal relationship needed to conduct business.
In addition, the agency needs to have a contract with GEDTS, LLC for the purposes of establishing a fee structure and paying invoices for the test administrations.
To date, GEDTS has not announced the cost of future products or services, including practice tests or scoring and credentialing.
In a 2011 discussion with Adult Basic Education practitioners from around the country, GEDTS made the following comment:
During the CEA-GED Testing Service Webinar in June, 2012, GEDTS reminded participants that "[c]ost savings are realized in convenience, time, human capital and efficiencies that could not be realized except through the integration of technology.