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August 21, 2019
To get a high school equivalency diploma, NYC forces students to give up special education services
“If you don’t have this degree there are very few options for you.”
June 22, 2018
‘They’re my second family.’ Largest Pathways to Graduation class earn their diplomas
The program also saw the most students ever participate in its graduation ceremony, a joyful celebration held this year at the Bronx United Palace Theater.
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April 1, 2016
Move over, GED. Coloradans will have three choices for high school equivalency exams
The move to three high-school equivalency tests will bring savings, but critics contend the quality of the alternatives falls short of the revamped GED.
February 16, 2016
State abruptly ends adult education contract with Shelby County Schools
Some 800 adults seeking a high school equivalency diploma in Memphis are expected to be impacted after the state cancels its contract with Shelby County Schools.
Leadership & Management
July 15, 2015
Tennessee legislators want more state control under No Child Left Behind rewrite
Lawmakers kick off a two-day study session on K-12 schools in Tennessee, looking first at how a proposed revision of a federal education law would impact state schools.
February 9, 2015
Big drop in students earning HS equivalency diplomas after GED replaced
Just over 13,000 students across New York state earned a high-school equivalency diploma in 2014 after the debut of a new, tougher set of tests.
December 5, 2013
GED hubs renamed, reflecting new test and upcoming deadline
Student Malik Peterson unveils the new name for the city's GED Plus centers, behind Chancellor Dennis Walcott. As a huge shift approaches for students who are looking to earn GEDs, Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Thursday a few smaller changes to the system designed to help them. GED Plus, the name given to the city's preparation programs for students, was about to become an awkward moniker when the GED stops being administered in New York next year. Though that exam that has long been synonymous with a high school equivalency credential, the state will begin giving a new Common Core-aligned exam with a different name in 2014. So starting January 1, the student centers will be known as Pathways to Graduation, Walcott announced today. Five of those 62 locations will also host staff members from the Office of Adult and Continuing Education, allowing at least some of the students who age out of the Pathways to Graduation centers the chance to stay put as they continue trying to pass the exam. For the thousands of students enrolled right now, the name change also reflects their deadline for passing all of the GED's five component tests before the January switch to a new exam. At that point, students who had already passed portions of the GED exam will have to start from scratch.
March 7, 2013
Eschewing Pearson, state goes back to McGraw-Hill for GED
Nearly a year after Pearson, the testing company, took a public beating for mistakes on the exams it produced for New York State, state education officials are piling on. Today, the State Education Department announced that the state will forgo a new high school equivalency exam made by Pearson in favor of its own exam, which the publishing company McGraw-Hill will produce. The state announced that it would consider other vendors to create an equivalency test after Pearson partnered with the non-profit group that had previously produced the GED, which people who have not graduated from high school can take to show they are prepared for college, work, or the military. Cost was a major concern: Pearson's test will cost $120 to start, twice what the current exam costs. "While the GED was run by a not-for-profit, the system worked fairly well. But a Pearson GED monopoly would put our students at the mercy of Pearson’s pricing," Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in a statement today. "We can’t let price deny anyone the opportunity for success. That’s why, rather than pay Pearson twice the current cost or limit the number of students who can take the exam, the Regents approved a competitive process to develop a new assessment."
June 29, 2011
East New York GED program gets final state funding rejection
Students at Alpha School in East New York gather twice a day to form an 'A' shape and recite their code of respect. Things…
April 22, 2011
Meet the NYC school official who could be the next to go
The latest city schools official in the running for a top post outside New York is someone who has kept her name out of the headlines. Cami Anderson did this while overseeing the education of some of the city's most challenging students: high school drop-outs trying to earn GEDs, students in prison, and others in drug rehabilitation programs. Anderson is one of two candidates being considered for the job of Newark schools chief, the Star Ledger reported today. Appointed superintendent of the alternative schools district, known as District 79, in 2006, Anderson immediately began shaking up the schools under her control. She closed the city's remaining schools for pregnant women, known as P-schools, and overhauled the Department of Education's programs for students studying for the GED exam. As part of a district-wide reorganization, she helped negotiate a deal with the teachers union that required many District 79 teachers to reapply for their jobs. Yet despite these changes, Anderson has largely worked out of the public eye. "People have made a lot of comparisons of her and [former Washington D.C. schools chief] Michelle Rhee," said someone who worked for Anderson. "Michelle was this very vocal 'I’m not going to do this with these people anymore' leader, and Cami really took a different route."
June 18, 2010
City axes program to move students from detention to school
The city is closing Community Prep High School, the only program here designed to transition students from juvenile prisons and jails to mainstream high schools. Launched in 2002, Community Prep works with the most struggling young people in the city, offering support and coursework for a few semesters before routing students into high schools and GED programs. On average, Community Prep students have attended seven different schools when they enter, a former director said. The program has successfully steered many students back into high school, but it has struggled to reach all its charges. The school's average monthly attendance this year was less than 50 percent. In the first semester of this school year, students earned only 40 percent of the course credits they attempted. The disappointing showing is the reason that Department of Education officials have concluded the program doesn't work, despite praise from juvenile justice advocates. "We know better options already exist," said spokeswoman Ann Forte.
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