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ERIC Number: ED569165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
GED Test Changes and Attainment: Overview of 2014 GED Test Changes and Attainment in Washington State
Larson, Kara; Gaeta, Cristina; Sager, Lou
Washington Student Achievement Council
In January 2014, the GED Testing Service significantly redesigned the GED test to incorporate the Common Core State Standards and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. The purpose of this study was to examine the significant changes made to the test in 2014, examine the impact of the changes on Washingtonians, and make recommendations to achieve the state's two educational attainment goals. The report presents available summary data from the GED Testing Service's annual statistical reports, years 2008-2013. At the time of the study, the GED Testing Service had not published state or national data for years 2014 and 2015; therefore, the study analyzed 2014 and 2015 state summary data from Washington's State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and preliminary 2014 national summary data published by the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. Results show that, coinciding with the changes to the GED test, the number of test takers, completers, and passers plummeted. Test participation decreased by 62.8 percent: in 2013, over 22,000 Washingtonians took the test compared to fewer than 9,000 in 2014. The test completion rate decreased by 33.7 percent: in 2013, over 18,000 test candidates completed all four subject areas of the test compared to just over 4,000 in 2014. In 2013, over 15,000 completers passed the test compared to just over 3,000 in 2014. From 2008 to 2013, more than 4 percent of Washington adults without a high school credential took the test compared to 1.5 percent in 2014, which has consequences for the Washington's educational attainment goals. Possible reasons for the decline in numbers are explored. Further research is recommended. The following are appended: (1) Comparison of 2002 GED test series to 2014 GED test series; (2) Alternative pathways to high school completion; and (3) Data Tables. Contains endnotes.
Washington Student Achievement Council. P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504. Tel: 360-753-7800; E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Student Achievement Council
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests