Posted 11 months ago on March 21, 2013, 9:31 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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The nationwide move towards the Common Core State Standards isn’t just changing expectations for students in high school classrooms. It’s also raising the bar for those who dropped out.
The GED Testing Service is updating their high school equivalency exam to reflect the new, nationally-crafted academic standards 46 states around the country have — at least in part — adopted.
“Rumor is that it’s going to be much harder,” says Dawn Grage, who has been teaching GED classes in Indiana’s prisons for more than 20 years. “A lot of these guys have enough struggles getting through the current GED. And if it makes it harder and with computers, the older gentlemen … there are some guys who have never touched a computer.”
The Department of Corrections plans to start pushing teachers to implement Common Core in their classrooms as early as this spring, and helping prisoners pass the GED is a major incentive to start sooner rather than later.
UNCERTAINTY OVER TEST CONTENT WORRIES TEACHERS
Changes to the GED and to prison classroom instruction are part of larger shifts in education. In Indiana, Common Core standards are already being used in mainstream schools in kindergarten through 2nd grade.
But GED teachers like Dawn Grage don’t feel prepared for the Common Core shift, in part because they don’t know what will be on the new test.
To add to the uncertainty, the Department of Workforce Development isn’t sure whether they’ll be offering the GED or whether they will sign a contract with one of the high school equivalency exams other companies have only recently begun developing.
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