Download the latest CTW summary of GED® changes in NYS- what you need to know about the new test system, and what New York needs to do to prepare:
ACTION ALERT: Contact State Legislators NOW to Protect Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma!
Issue: Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma is at serious risk under current state budget proposals. In response to changes to the GED® exam at the national level, The NYS Education Department (NYSED) is in the process of selecting a new state-subsidized High School Equivalency (HSE) Test. Without additionalstate investment, 25,000 FEWER New Yorkers will have the opportunity to earn a HSE diploma each year, and/or new fees may be charged to test-takers. This represents a serious risk to educational opportunity in New York.
Solution: New York State must fully fund High School Equivalency testing in the FY2014 State Budget, oppose proposals to start charging fees, and support edu
cation programs in the transition. Attached is a one-page summary of CTW’s priorities with more detail, but here are the headlines:
1) Maintain Free Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma (No Fees!)
2) Fully Fund High School Equivalency Testing for 50,000 New Yorkers: $7 Million
3) Expand Preparation Classes: $2 million
4) Prepare the System for New Standards and Computer-Based Testing: $3 million
5) Raise Public Awareness
TAKE ACTION: Contact your New York State Assembly Members and Senators.
Urge them to protect free access to High School Equivalency
testing and to invest in HSE testing and preparation. Tell them how important it is to your community. Use the talking points above and attached.
To find contact info for your Assembly Member: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/
To find contact info for your State Senator: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators
On Friday December 17, the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce co-led a workshop with the NYC Office of Human Capital Development (OHCD) at the New York City Employment & Training Coalition’s (NYCETC) 2012 Workforce Development Summit. CTW led participants in a discussion of changes to high cialis in uk school equivalency testing in New York State and what the impacts will be for test takers and job seekers.
Workshop description and materials available below:
GED® Changes and New York’s High School Equivalency System: What Will Be the Impact for Workforce Providers & Job Seekers?
Presenters from the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce (CTW) and the NYC Office of Human Capital Development will explore major changes taking shape in New York State regarding the test of General Educational Development (GED®) and pathways to a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. In response to a new version of the GED® exam to be launched nationally in 2014, New York State is looking to establish other assessments that lead to an equivalency diploma. In this workshop, participants
will learn when, where, how and why the current GED® will be replaced beginning in January 2014, and discuss implications for workforce providers. Emerging themes include a possible decline in free access to HSE testing, increased demand for HSE testing and preparation programs, and a public awareness challenge. Workshop participants will also receive information about how to get involved in advocacy efforts to ensure a strong high school equivalency system in New York State.
Download: CTW GED/HSE Changes Dec. 2012
Download: CTW GED Workshop Data
In light of the evolving nature of GED ® / High School Equivalency discussions at the State level, CTW created the
attached overview of
anticipated changes to the exam, implications for New York’ high school equivalency system, NYSED’s proposed resp
onse to date, and key recommendations the state should consider in this transition period. The summary may be accessed here.
The Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce recently submitted a letter to the New York State Education Department and the Board of Regents, urging the NYS to consider a number of concerns in relation to the during the State’s transition to a new exam:
opposition from the field to imposing fees on test takers as a primary means of solving access challenges
for expanded resources on the ground to deal with pending surge in demand for GED ® preparation & testing
-Plans and resources for equipping the field with computers, and providing students with computer literacy education
-Necessity of professional development for adult educators on Common Core standards
-Need for Public awareness/recognition of new exam(s)
The full text of the letter can be found here.
At the September 10th Board of Regents meeting, SED’s plan to develop and issue an RFP for a new HSE assessment was approved. SED also indicated there may be a need to revoke current law that prohibits charging test-takers fees to sit for
the exam l
eading to a high school equivalency credential. Read the full Regent’s memo here.
CTW recently drafted a letter signed by nearly 30 non-profit leaders across NYC calling on the New York State Department of Education and the Board of Regents to take immediate action to prevent
a lapse in test
access for the state high school equivalency diploma. Full letter here.
CTW recently released this brief overview of the pending GED® exam changes, implications for New York, and the vision from the field
of the way forward: free work at home
of GED Changes (July 2012)