Current version of GED test to expire at end of 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6/18/2013

CLEVELAND, WI – 

CLEVELAND — Each year, nearly 9,000 Wisconsin adults earn a certificate of high school completion, which opens doors to employment, further education, and opportunity. However, changes are on the horizon for the (General Equivalency Diploma) GED program in Wisconsin and across the nation. When the new computer-based series of tests is launched in 2014, scores from the 2002 Series GED will expire.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

"The GED test opens doors to more opportunities while also giving the satisfaction of earning a high school credential," said Sue Kinneston, Manager of Testing Services at LTC. "We want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires."

The new tests respond to changes in education, the workplace, and the world since the 2002 GED Series was introduced. The new GED assessments will be based on the Common Core State Standards and other college and career readiness standards. Those standards are what states, including Wisconsin, are using to develop new student assessments to better reflect expectations for postsecondary studies and the workforce. The four tested content areas — literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies — will measure a foundational core of knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness.

"Support is available at LTC," said Kinneston. "We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass."

Adults who want to complete the 2002 Series GED must physically go to a testing center to take the tests but do not have to finish the series at the same testing center where they started. While information about the GED program and finishing the 2002 series GED is available online, the GED test cannot be taken online. GED tests can only be taken at an official GED testing center. Wisconsin’s GED website, which includes a list of testing centers in the state, is available at http://ged-hsed.dpi.wi.gov/.

Lakeshore Technical College is one of 76 testing centers in the state and has a pass rate twelve points above the state average. LTC’s GED student success is a testament to the hard work and determination of students along with the support, instruction and preparation LTC offers students.

LTC offers testing sites in both Manitowoc and Sheboygan. If you would like to complete your GED testing or would like enroll in the 2014 series, please contact LTC-Sheboygan at 208-5881 or LTC-Manitowoc at 683-2881.

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 11,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.

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