Thursday, February 6, 2014
The GED exam adopted in 2002 ended on Dec. 31, making way for a new test that current and future Aiken County School District adult education students will be required to pass in order to receive the GED certificate.
Adult education teachers worked hard with students in 2013 to help them complete the old battery of tests before the end of the year. Now they’re providing instruction to others who were not yet ready at the time, said Pat Keating, the adult education director.
The new test focuses on Common Core academic standards that are being introduced in about 45 states. Adult education students are taking their version of the online test before those in elementary, middle and high school will take it formally in 2014-15.
Some adult education students have indicated anxiety about the new program, but Keating does consider the test as more difficult. It is primarily heavier on constructive responses with more writing involved, he said.
The good news for prospective students is that all previous registration fees are now free, thanks to new federal and state resources. The test itself will require a fee.
The adult education program currently has nearly 700 students – including the GED students and those seeking high school diplomas. Others may take the High School Assessment program that they need to pass to qualify for a diploma. Still, other adults may take classes if they need English as a Second Language instruction or family literacy.
Keating also discussed a program called WorkKeys, another opportunity for adult education students.
“It’s a credential program that teaches job skills and provides pre- and post-tests to measure ‘real-world’ skills,” he said in an earlier interview.
All sites and items for adult education students can be found at the school district website – acps.schoolfusion.us. From there, click on “Adult Education” on the left side of the home page.