ERIC Number: EJ949853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-16
Reference Count: N/A
GED Revision Opens Path to Higher Ed.
Education Week, v31 n12 p1, 16-17 Nov 2011
The General Educational Development program, or GED, is undergoing the biggest revamping in its 69-year history, driven by mounting recognition that young adults' future success depends on getting more than a high-school-level education. Potent forces have converged to stoke the GED's redesign. A labor market that increasingly seeks some postsecondary training, paired with dispiriting rates of college remediation and completion, has sounded alarm bells that young Americans are ill-equipped for prosperous futures. In response, nearly every state has adopted common academic standards designed to elicit new kinds of skills from students. President Barack Obama has urged the nation to use such standards as a steppingstone to producing millions more people with certificates or degrees. Sponsors of the GED view its revision as a step toward postsecondary training rather than the end of a student's formal education.
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Education Work Relationship, High School Equivalency Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Partnerships in Education, Instructional Development, Relevance (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests