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GED Lowers Passing Score, Tens of Thousands More Could Get HS Credentials

Posted on 02/05/2016

Curriculum Matters from Ed Week

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. States were expected to release details on Jan. 26 about how they'll handle the change.

The California Department of Education (CDE) has recently received a recommendation from General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS®) to lower the passing score for the General Educational Development (GED®) test. California state law (California Education Code Section 51420) requires that the California State Board of Education (SBE) establish the score a pupil must achieve to earn their California High School Equivalency Certificate, following a public hearing.

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/ External link opens in new window or tab .

Source: Ed Week External link opens in new window or tab, By Catherine Gewertz.(accessed on January 20, 2016)

Source: CDE High School Equivalency Web site memo (accessed on February 5, 2016) External link opens in new window or tab