Critics say these people are no smarter than other dropouts, the GED people claim passing the average passing score puts you in the top third of high school graduates.
%%Alternative HIGH STAKES DIPLOMAS DRIVING MANY TO GED z42\clip\2000\06\takeged.txt New standards might prompt more students to seek GED http://www.uticaod.com/statenews/statenews.htm By MICHAEL GORMLEY The Associated Press ALBANY — Educators from Washington, D.C., to a small upstate school system worry that raising state academic standards may drive more students to graduation equivalency tests. Other students, they fear, might drop out to take the GED test because only dropouts may take it — unless they get the district superintendent’s permission. If they fail, and about half do, it’s unlikely they will return to school. %%Harmful GREENE SAYS GED IS STILL EQUIVALENT TO DROPOUT, NOT HS DIPLOMA z63:\clip\2002\12\gedmyth.txt http://www.educationreview.homestead.com/2002GreeneGEDMyth.html The GED Myth By: Jay Greene Jay Greene is Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research and can be reached at email@example.com. the minimum passing score established by the GED Testing Service for each subject test is the equivalent of performing better than only 14% of high school seniors who were administered the same test, although they claim that passing the whole battery of tests requires GED recipients to outperform 33% of high school seniors Nobel prize-winning economist, James Heckman, and his University of Chicago colleague, Stephen Cameron, find that "Exam-certified high school equivalents are statistically indistinguishable from high school dropouts There is no cheap substitute for schooling." According to Cameron and Heckman's analysis of national data, receiving a GED does not make someone significantly more likely to be employed or have higher hourly wages than a dropout. They find that regular high school graduates are significantly more likely than GED recipients or dropouts to be employed and have higher hourly wages. NOBEL PRIZE WINNER KNOCKS GED AS "ABSOLUTELY HARMFUL" z46\clip\2000\11\nobel.txt Conversations With Nobel Prize Winners Dan Ackman, Forbes.com, 11.03.00, 12:01 AM ET http://www.forbes.com/2000/11/03/1103nobel_3.html James Heckman On Preschool, Testing And Choosing The Right Parents ..a test that's absolutely harmful and that's the [general equivalency diploma] test. ..GEDs, when you control for their ability, earn no more and maybe actually learn less than other high school dropouts. At the same time, it certifies that these people lack other skills that are very important, %%New GED TO BE REVISED TO INCLUDE MORE ANALYSIS http://www.freepress.com/news/education/ged6_20010706.htm Clock is ticking on GED testing Students must pass by Dec. 31 or face tough, revamped process July 6, 2001 BY LORI HIGGINS and ERIK LORDS Detroit FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS %%Online http://www.4tests.com/examdesc.asp?examid=38 GED Practice Test Math sample is about grade 6 http://cite.telecampus.com/courses/gedprep1.htm $25 online course http://cite.telecampus.com/courses/ged1test.htm Practice test (math is about grade 6) http://www.businessbookmall.com/mathpp27.htm Claims to be GED middle school math problems, look like 1st year algebra to me, above ged level. 4n + n = 21 %%Test http://www.acenet.edu/calec/ged/home.html Welcome to the Official Site of the GED Testing Service! The General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service develops and distributes the GED Tests. More than 800,000 adults take the GED Tests each year. Those who obtain scores high enough to earn a GED diploma outperform at least one-third of today’s high school seniors. GED graduates include: Bill Cosby, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor Ruth Ann Minner, and U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. One out of every seven people who graduate each year earns that diploma by passing the GED Tests. 68 percent of GED test-takers plan to enter a college, university, or trade, technical or business school during the next year The average age of people taking the GED Tests is 24.4. More than 95 percent of employers in the U.S. consider GED graduates the same as traditional high school graduates in regard to hiring, salary, and opportunity for advancement. http://www.acenet.edu/calec/ged/college-TT.html More than 60 percent of GED test-takers say they intend to further their education beyond the GED. Ninety percent of colleges and universities recognize the GED. Passing the GED Tests puts you in the upper 25th percentile in terms of class rank and lets colleges know that you have the skills and knowledge equivalent to applicants from traditional high schools http://www.acenet.edu/calec/ged/specs-A.html Test Specifications and Construction Cognitive skills Questions on the GED Tests are classified by cognitive level using an adaptation of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Benjamin Bloom, ed., 1st ed., New York: Longmans Green, 1956). Questions classified at the highest cognitive levels (e.g., synthesis, evaluation) require the use of skills described at the lower levels (e.g., knowledge and comprehension). Sample Problems: http://www.acenet.edu/calec/ged/sampleQ-TT.html Moderately difficult: 1] If 10% of a town’s population of 10,000 people moved away, how many people remained in the town? Easy: 2] The pie chart above shows how the tax dollar was spent in a given year. According to the figure, what percent of the tax dollar was left after direct payment to individuals and national defense expenses? http://www.acenet.edu/calec/pdfs/execsummary99.pdf Alignment of state and national standards (GED) recommend that all high school students should study probability and statistics, geometry and right triangle trigonometry, multiple representations of functions, and the fundamentals of algebra, as well as be able to compute, estimate and use technology Bellevue Community College http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/bccweb/howtoenroll/ged.stm Individuals eligible to take the GED test must fulfill the following criteria: Person must be at least 16 years of age Persons between 16-18 years of age must submit a release form from their last high school or current school district