Changes Coming for High School Equivalency Tests?

It was announced the recently that changes may be on the way for the General Education Development (GED) exams, the long-standing high school equivalency tests that have been in place since World War II for students seeking high school equivalency certificates or diplomas.

States across America have recently begun to enforce higher standards for college preparedness in both math and reading. In an effort to match these new standards, the developers of the GED are now exploring the benefits of converting the traditional pencil and paper test to a more computerized exam…but not without some resistance.

Initial feedback from this news has been split in its favor. There’s no doubt in my mind that education is most certainly on its way to becoming more virtual, with a steady increase in both the popularity of and quality of education offered at, online schools and blended learning programs.

The proposed new GED will now reportedly cost double the current price ($60), a burden that both state officials and students are reluctant to accept. Also, a lot of young adults admit to lacking the computer skills necessary to complete the proposed computerized exam, presenting another barrier for individuals looking to benefit themselves that could ultimately deter them from completing the high school education plans.

Reportedly, more than 40 states are currently seeking alternative options to the GED exam for high school equivalency testing. But once again, this demonstrates the importance of having an alternative option to brick & mortar high schools.

Online schools are becoming a much more viable alternative for non-traditional students. For those who might be thinking about dropping out of their high school in favor of a GED may soon find that this option isn’t as desirable as it once was. But at schools like Primavera Online High School, students can still earn a fully-accredited high school diploma, rather than a GED. Tuition is absolutely free and the online environment serves to help students develop those computer skills they need. The flexibility of an online education also means that students can pursue their other interests, whether it’s hobbies, a job, etc., all while still receiving the kind of education they deserve.

States participating in the new computerized GED test show higher scores than those still administering the traditional pencil and paper exam. These are exciting times, as education continues to become more and more virtual.  


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