I remember in 1999 and 2000 when discussion about the “new” GED test was the hot topic in adult education. The changes announced by GEDTS sent waves of concern and apprehension and excitement through the field. The calculator portion of the test was added which led to concerns about teaching calculator use and accessibility. There were concerns about media literacy with the addition of the political cartoons. Overall season teachers and seasoned administrators alike felt uneasy but ready to take on the next generation of adult education standardized testing.
Here we are a little more than a decade later and the new assessment is a hot topic again. I just finished reading a white paper recently released by GEDTS. The white paper talks about the reasoning behind and goals for the 2014 assessment. GEDTS also shares the processes and procedures they used to explore, guide and develop the new test. This is a link to the PDF article.
The information shared by GEDTS is quite helpful. It has helped me to feel more at ease about the changes and I hope it helps you to feel more at ease as well.
We have been working hard over the past 18 months to get ready for the 2014 Assessment. i-Pathways will be ready for the new test in the last quarter of FY13. We have been working hard behind the scenes to align with the Common Core Standards. We have evaluated all of our curriculum based on what GEDTS is sharing and also on the Common Core. There will be new i-Pathways curriculum pieces available in Science, Social Studies, Reading/Writing and Math. It is going to be exciting to release the new pieces to our users. I know students are going to benefit so much and I know programs are going to be thrilled with the changes and additions. Very exciting times!
Changes in the test always bring about a rumbling both excitement and trepidation. Adult education has been through changes to the test and funding and reporting since I have been in the field in the early 1990s. There is always fear of the unknown and fear of the impacted these changes might have on the classroom and students. One thing I have witnessed and know for sure, we are a resilient group of educators and we are very adaptable. We can handle all these changes and will work hard with and for out students.
What are your thoughts and questions on the new test?