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1/27/2016

GED Testing Service® Announces Changes to GED® Test

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GED Testing Service® announces changes to GED® test that will affect thousands of test takers.

GED Testing Service® announced yesterday that the passing score for high school equivalency is changing from 150 to 145 in most states. The GED® program will also include two additional performance levels called GED College Ready, used to signify readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses; and GED College Ready + Credit, which may qualify students for up to ten hours of college credit.

When a state approves applying the passing score retroactively, students who earned scores 145–149 on the 2014 GED test would be eligible for their states’ high school equivalency credential. This means that as many as 30,000 test takers could get retroactive passing scores. The GED College Ready and GED College Ready + Credit levels will also apply to any student who has taken a GED test since January 1, 2014.

In addition, the extended response will be eliminated from the GED Social Studies Test as of March 1, 2016. The constructed response item gave students a chance to demonstrate critical thinking abilities by developing an argument on an enduring issue and using evidence to support it. The GED test will still include the Reasoning Through Language Arts test (RLA) extended response.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy says, “Any change that has the potential to positively impact more adult education students is a welcome one in our field.”

“The GED program continues to be much more than a high school equivalency test. These scoring changes, coupled with the new support systems, such as the recently released career pathways tools, or the other extensive resources available, mean more adult learners will be prepared for the next step in their career pathway,” said GED Testing Service President Randy Trask.

For more information, visit GEDtestingservice.com/score-changes. There you will find answers to frequently asked questions, graphics explaining the new scoring system, audio clips discussing the changes, and more. 

 

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1/26/2016

Vote for Adult Literacy!

ProLiteracy, in partnership with the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), recently sent a survey on adult education to the 2016 Presidential candidates, highlighting and bringing awareness to the critical relationship between adult education issues and our nation’s economic and social well-being.

We have also posted the questions on adult education issues to a new platform called ChangePolitics.org. This website empowers voters to make informed decisions on election day. The top questions and details on the issues will be sent directly to candidates and we will be notified when they respond. But ONLY the questions that receive the most votes will be sent to the candidates. 

We need you to go to ChangePolitics.org and vote for our questions this week.

Vote Now

Click on the button and fill out the simple registration form. Vote for all 12 of our questions (six questions each for the Republican and the Democratic candidates). 

Please share this link with your advocates! We all need to work together to raise awareness of adult literacy, as there are 36 million American adults with below basic skills in reading, writing, and math. This literacy skills gap costs our nation billions of dollars annually in lost revenue and in increased costs for health care, corrections, welfare, and unemployment.

 

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1/20/2016

GuideStar Exchange Gold Level Shows ProLiteracy’s Commitment to Transparency

ProLiteracy recently received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, the highest level of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This recognition demonstrates ProLiteracy’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

GuideStar Exchange is the only program of its kind that encourages nonprofit transparency on a national scale and allows nonprofits to supplement the public information that is available from the IRS. To achieve Gold-level status, organizations must submit a Charting Impact Report sharing information about their plans and progress toward future impact. The Charting Impact feature at the Gold Participant level includes five questions that promote communication about what really matters—results. This adds a level of transparency and encourages people to invest their money, time, and attention in effective organizations. Charting Impact is a joint project with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar USA, and Independent Sector.

“At ProLiteracy, we believe in transparency with how we are putting your dollars to work,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters, grant makers, individual donors, and the media. We make our financial reports freely available. You can see more at www.proliteracy.org.”

 

About GuideStar
GuideStar, www.guidestar.org, connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grant makers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media.

 

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