The face of adult education is evolving with the Common Core Standards driving intense curriculum changes and computer based testing challenging the traditional delivery methods of the GED Test. Beyond the GED Test, McGraw Hill is developing an alternative test called the TASC and Educational Testing Services is introducing the HiSet exam. There are many other exam initiatives being bounced around too so those are probably not the only names you will hear locally and nationally as we move closer to January 2014. The new testing options and CBT delivery are game changers in the field of adult education.
“On January 2, 2014, GED Testing Service will unveil a new assessment in all jurisdictions (except Canada) that ensures the GED® testing program is no longer an endpoint for adults, but a springboard for more education, training, and better-paying jobs. The new assessment will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential, but it goes further by measuring career- and college-readiness skills that are the focus of today’s curriculum and tomorrow’s success.” ~ from GED® Testing Service
This new series will reflect the academic modifications needed to keep the test current and will integrate the broad technological advancements and uses of technology in today’s society. As in series past, educators and testers will not only note the standard academic changes in content, but will also experience a change in the format. A computer based delivery format will be fully integrated into the GED® Test. In 2014, all testers sitting for the GED® Test will take the test on a computer at an official GED® Test center. Beyond that, the other players in the high school equivalency test arena are introducing computer-based testing but at a bit slower rate. HiSet will be doing paper/pencil in 2014 as will McGraw Hill. However, both HiSet and McGraw Hill have plans to introduce CBT to their testing arsenal over the next few years. Computer based testing is not going away – it may be delayed for some, but it is an inevitability.