The 2014 GED test will be computer-based and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The revised test will measure whether students are college and career ready and will also test on the following subjects: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies.
Common Core State Standards
Looking for new college and career readiness and success-related resources? Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (U.S. Department of Education, April 2013)
This report provides state education leaders with information on how to align academics and career & technical education (CTE) through implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This report describes what states are doing to align CTE and CCSS, highlights strategies, and identifies common challenges and barriers to alignment.
This study evaluated if the knowledge and skills contained in the Common Core State Standards Initiative reflect what is important for college and careers. A national sample of instructors from 25 course categories in two- to four- year institutions were selected. Results suggested a positive correlation between proficiency in the Common Core State Standards and the extent of readiness students exhibit for a wide range of post-secondary courses.
Two Common Core State Standards experts from the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers address myths around the state standards in this article from Education Week. Among the topics covered are the creation of the standards, their alignment with postsecondary needs, and their miscategorization as a curriculum.
A recent report released by Change the Equation and the National School Boards Association found that out of the District of Columbia and the forty-five states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, only eleven had graduation requirements that were fully aligned to the new standards.
This study from Education First and the Editorial Projects in Education Inc. (EPE) Research Center examines state implementation plans on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Study findings from a summer 2011 survey of state education officials of 50 states and the District of Columbia show that all CCSS-adopting states but one have developed plans to implement the CCSS. Authors further analyze the implementation plans and report on details including plans for specified areas and professional development.
This brief from Achieve identifies the key areas that state policymakers should consider in order to implement the new Common Core State Standards with fidelity. The brief provides suggestions for aligning these new standards with their existing standards and course requirements, as well as aligning assessments for collecting data and measuring achievement. The brief lists steps each state can take to ensure they are implementing the standards effectively.
This policy statement from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) provides reasons why the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should be reauthorized. The authors include recommendations for ESEA reauthorization in the four core areas of reform: standards, assessments, and accountability; data and reporting; teachers and leaders; and supports for next-generation learning.
This brief discusses the findings from a poll, funded by Achieve, Inc., to gain insight on how the general public perceives the college and career-ready agenda in education. The results indicate that there is strong agreement that postsecondary education and training of some sort is needed in order to succeed and that strong standards and assessments are needed to ensure students graduate ready for postsecondary education.