ERIC Number: ED239090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-2
Reference Count: 0
Summary of Phase One of the GED Testing Service Five-Year Review Process.
Whitney, Douglas R.
The American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials adopted a plan for a 5-year review of the General Educational Development (GED) program. This review process was intended to ensure that the GED program, which operates in Canada and other countries, as well as in the United States, will address and measure the educational outcomes expected of the GED examinees for the next decade. The five phases were (1) review of GED testing program goals, (2) review of test content, (3) review of test format, (4) development and norming of new tests, and (5) preparation of new program publications. During phase 1, the ACE Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials, the GED Advisory Committee, and state and province GED administrators were polled regarding the major purposes of the program. GED examiners and adult education teachers were also polled. Respondents indicated that the program exists primarily to provide an opportunity for individuals to earn a high school credential, that the tests should focus primarily on the educational outcomes of high school instruction, that the tests should measure a broad range of educational skills from basic through advanced, that test editions should continue to be developed in languages other than English, and that an appropriate normative basis for the scores should be retained. (The survey and results are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: General Educational Development Tests
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Philadelphia, PA, December 2, 1983).