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Myth: States are abandoning the GED® test 36 states adopting GED® test 5HiSet (ETS) – aligned with 2002 GED® test 2 TASC (McGraw Hill) – 3-year contract w/NY to move to CBT 8RFPing 2014; 6 RFPing 2015 Some states plan to offer more than one option – Investment made in GED® test system - Name recognition…
Myth: Only a few computer-testing centers will exist in 2014 14 Public sites authorized 14 Public sites have contracts or submitted applications 11 Public sites approved More expansion planned
Myth: Students will have to travel long distances to test Students can test in other counties besides where they reside or where they participate in adult education instruction
Computer-Based Testing in KY GATEWAY NEWPORT MAYSVILLE KEDC GREENUP JCTC--CARROLLTON KEDC--CARTER ASHLAND FRANKLIN MSU JEFFERSON MSU—WEST LIBERTY BLUEGRASS MSU—MT. STERLING CLOVERPORT Big Sandy BOYLE HENDERSON POWELL JESSAMINE EKU ELIZABETHTOWN PIKE OWENSBORO JACKSON CAMPBELLSVILLE HAZARD MADISONVILLE LAUREL SOMERSET LAUREL WEST KY SOUTHCENTRAL KY HOPKINSVILLE SOUTHEAST--HARLAN SKY CTC--FRANKLIN LOGAN SOUTHEAST--MIDDLESBORO ALLEN MONROE
Myth: Jails will still be able to give the paper-based test State Corrections conversion underway Jailers Association – Jailers Conference – Follow-up instructions Role of adult education programs – COMPUTERS!!
Myth: Students have until the end of the year to test 110,000 passed since 2002 series introduction 16,000 need to pass 2,600 pass math DECEMBER 18, 2013 – Last date scheduled for testing
Myth: AE doesn’t communicate updates on the GED® test Statewide marketing campaign Local campaigns President Bob King letter Education Matters, Sept. 23, 9:00 p.m. EST Additional, trained Examiners
Myth: My students has an IEP, therefore he can get testing accommodations for the GED® test. Announcement – September 20 deadline for GED® 2002 GED® 2014 test accommodations process – Caution! Accommodations selected during registration – Must be certain accommodations are available; student must be approved to be “released” to test
Myth: No one will ever pass the GED® again It still measures high school equivalency Additional information – what needs to be developed Late 2014 College- and Career-Readiness endorsement
Myth: We can’t afford to offer the Ready® test Regulation – compulsory attendance (2015) Ready® Test (formerly OPT) – available “free” at AE centers Pass entire Ready® test Cost to programs – preliminary discussions (1st 6 months of 2014) Publishers – Instructional materials
Myth: No resources are available for programs to prepare students for the GED® 2014 test College- and Career-Readiness standards-based instruction!!!! GEDTS™ web site – Assessment Guides, Item Sampler, Webinars, etc. Teacher’s Guide course Ready® Test – Read only September 2013
Myth: To prepare for the GED 2014 test, buy lots of supplies, e.g., calculators Invest in computers – for instruction and assessment
Myth: Community organizations won’t be able to contribute $ for student testing How it works Role of adult education programs – create voucher awareness in community
Myth: Students have to come to Frankfort for records Refer students to ged.ky.gov – requests for records Don’t advise them to call or come in – No walk-ins Role of adult education programs - permit test takers to avail themselves to computer for scores, requests, etc. News to Use article