At the March 9, 2016 California State Board of Education (SBE) Meeting, the SBE heard and approved a recommendation submitted by General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS®) to lower the passing score for the General Educational Development (GED®) test from 150 to 145.
California Education Code Section 51420 requires that the SBE establish the score a pupil must achieve to earn their California High School Equivalency Certificate. The score, determined by the SBE, must be equal to the standard of performance expected from high school graduates.
This action applies retroactively to all persons who achieved a score of 145 or higher on the 2014 version of the GED® test since January 1, 2014. GEDTS® anticipates that it will take 2-4 days to update their data systems and will formally notify test takers of their passing status.
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact GEDTS® by phone at 866-895-8860 or by e-mail at help@GEDtestingservice.com.
The GED Testing Service has decided to lower the pass rate for its high school equivalency exam, a move brought on by its recognition that students who passed the latest, tougher version of it were doing better in college than high school graduates.
The move, first disclosed Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, will allow states to lower the passing score on the GED from 150 to 145. The GED Testing Service projected that if all states choose to use the new lower passing score, 100,000 people could pass one or more subjects of the test, and 25,000 could be eligible for a GED credential by passing all four sections.
The company issued a recommendation that states grant retroactive passage to those who failed with the previous score of 150, but each state can make its own decision.
California has approved the use of three high school equivalency tests (GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™) for students 18 years old and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate.
For more information on the testing services in California, including an update External link opens in new window or tab from the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding the proposed GED passing score, please visit the CDE High School Equivalency Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/ .
The California EDGE (Education Diversity and Growth in the Economy) Campaign is a non-partisan coalition of groups with diverse and even divergent outlooks but united in the belief that California' future economic growth rests in large measure on the skill base of its workers. The members of the coalition are:
California Budget and Policy Center California Hospital Association
California Workforce Association California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
California Manufacturing and Technology Association
Career Ladders Project for the California Community Colleges
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
National Council of La Raza Policy Link
State Building and Construction Trades of California
The EDGE Coalition released A Workforce Agenda for 2016 that includes creating a sustained, supplemental funding stream for high-cost CTE programs; providing greater access to Cal Grant C financial support for CTE students; implementing high impact practices in adult education and basic skills programs to significantly improve student success; strengthening the curriculum approval process for community college CTE programs; developing an aligned program accountability system for CTE and workforce programs; and increasing the pool of qualified CTE instructors.
Every year OTAN produces three issues of OTAN Online Connection, the OTAN newsletter, to print and mail to members, disseminate electronically, and distribute at conferences and workshops.
The latest addition is available in PDF format on the Newsletter page and features the following topics:
After the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016
Learn Something New This Summer!
#AdultEDU EdTech Share Slams
OTAN – A Look Back by retiring Executive Director John Fleischman
The director, Joyce Hinkson, writes about OTAN’s very successful symposium hosted by Fresno Adult School on March 11 and 12, 2016. Dr. Hinkson provides more details about the APP-mazing race, the keynote by Dr. Devin Vodicka and announces the date and location for the next year’s event.
The retiring Executive Director, John Fleischman, writes that having been a part of OTAN has truly been one of the highlights of his career in adult education. The readers are treated to a longer article that takes us back 26 years thought the eyes of the person who wrote the original OTAN grant application in 1989 and who concludes that it has been an honor and pleasure.
In the March Web-based Activity article Susan Coulter writes "Who are the heroes, famous people, or role models in our society?"
My Hero uses media and technology to bring to life role models who selflessly devote themselves to others in the world, overcoming personal hardships. These individuals help us to realize our own potential to effect a positive change in the world. Each article is screened before being posted and My Hero does not publish anything that promotes hatred, violence, or prejudice. Their goal is to highlight heroes from all walks of life and to celebrate the best of humanity. The My Hero stories are beautifully told and touch the heart deeply.
There are many resources available on My Hero. You will need to decide your depth of involvement in the site. You are free to use the stories, audio files, art, and films, but the site offers so much more for your students if you have the time.
The March issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the Home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below:
The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more information.
This publication features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting articles and information featured on other Web sites. Information about professional development opportunities offered by OTAN is also featured.
If you would like to receive an e-mail letting you know when the new Administrators’ digest is posted simply logon to the OTAN Web site and select "Preferences" at the top of the page. If you are not already logged on you will be asked to do so, or to register. OTAN registration is free. Once you are logged on, scroll to "Send me these OTAN publications" and select the publications you wish to receive.
Fresno Adult School was the setting for the exciting and well-attended TDLS 16. During the March 11 and 12 event, approximately 40 sessions were offered. Topics included digital badging, interactive assessments, open educational resources, online collaboration, using mobile devices, resources for citizenship preparation, and more.
Two new features this year were the inclusion of live streaming in selected sessions and the APP-mazing Race. APP-mazing Race participants competed in four teams of peers they met for the first time. After using new apps or software programs and learning new tech skills, participants presented their APP-mazing Race challenges with their teammates in front of a cheering audience. A panel of judges were tasked with the very difficult job of choosing just one top-scoring team.
Dr. Devin Vodicka provided an inspirational keynote with poignant examples of how education positively impacts lives. The future of education will include an increase in the demand for ‘knowledge workers’ and our job as adult educators has never been more important. As a nationally-recognized digital-age leader, Dr. Vodicka believes in the four elements of trust (an essential component of developing a true learning community): consistency, compassion, communication, and competency. Finally, he shared what might be the two most important questions to ask when brainstorming change – Who cares? And what is possible here? Answering these questions can lead to amazing results!
Presentations for most sessions (including the Keynote) can be found on the OTAN Web site, at www.otan.us. Simply select the TDLS 16 icon and navigate to the desired schedule session.
If you were able to attend this year’s TDL Symposium – thank you!
This is also a reminder to please take a few minutes to fill out our individual workshop evaluations, and our overall Symposium evaluation. We're asking that you complete the evaluation before April 10, 2016.
We hope you learned a lot and will plan to join us March 10-11, 2017 in Anaheim when our host will be North Orange County Community College District.
According to a national report from Tyton Partners on the state of adult education and technology, 86 percent of administrators want technology for their students and are willing to use their resources to get the best products possible. Yet there’s a bit of a dilemma when looking deeper into how adult education sites purchase digital learning tools. Adult learners need technology that is both powerful and simple to use, which requires good design and development. However, this can lead to a cost that is beyond the reach of many programs. For a chronically under-funded education sector, getting the right technology into the hands of under-skilled learners can seem insurmountable.
And yet, agencies in the Adult Education field are getting around those challenges by directly collaborating with new, smaller education technology product developers to create customized solutions. The result: better-designed products that are often more cost effective than “off-the-rack” solutions.
Know Your Learners, Not Technology
When asked what developers need most for effective collaboration with adult education programs, Jamie Hollier, Co-CEO from Anneal, said, “Educators need to come to the table knowing what their goals for the app are. I can build out the features, but it all starts with the educational goal.” Hollier is currently leading a team on a re-design of Digital Learn, an app that teaches digital literacy, for the Chicago Public Library (CPL) .