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There was a 77 percent drop in the number of GED diplomas issued in Kentucky, over the course of the fiscal year that ended on June 30th. 

The decline came after a more rigorous version of the test was introduced the previous year, requiring higher-level math, science and computer skills.  

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A dramatic decline in Kentuckians earning GED diplomas over the last two years has led some lawmakers to question the current version of the test, which rolled out in January of 2014.

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  The Anderson County Adult Education Center is empty on a Thursday afternoon, except for a receptionist.

Two years ago, every table in the small classroom might be filled, said Jerry Shaw, the center’s director and a teacher.

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The passing rate for Kentuckians taking the GED has improved since the national high school equivalency exam underwent changes in 2014, according to Kentucky Adult Education officials.

The test is now more aligned with the Common Core standards that Kentucky and many other states have adopted which are meant to better prepare students for college and career, officials said.

Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January.

It’s the first time in nearly a decade the GED Testing Service has updated the exam, which is taken to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.The last date to have completed the test before the update was Dec. 18.  

Free GED Testing Available for Region

May 31, 2013

If you've been thinking about getting your GED, but haven't been able to do so yet, the Kentucky Adult Education Council on Postsecondary Education is making this opportunity available for free through July 31. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with GED Administrator Jacqueline Korengal about how to take GED testing. 

GED to Undergo Drastic Changes in 2014

Dec 13, 2012

The GED is set to undergo drastic changes in 2014. Most pressing is that the cost of taking the exam will double from $60 to $120 beginning in January.  ACE2 Adult Education Direct Cris Crowley tells The Madisonville Messenger although Madisonville Community College currently covers $40 of the fee he’s concerned since more than 90 percent of adult education students in Hopkins County are at or below the poverty level.

Changes Coming to Tennessee GED

Jun 4, 2012

Tennessee adult education program organizers say anyone thinking about getting their GED should do so now before sweeping changes take place in January.  

Fake Websites Offering GEDs

Apr 9, 2012

A national education group  is worried Kentucky residents may be purchasing fake GED diplomas online. The Council on Post Secondary Education released a consumer alert today warning Kentuckians of websites offering the diplomas for a fee with no required test. The Council on Post Secondary Education's Sue Patrick says the fake websites take advantage of peoples’ best intentions…

"They turn over their money, they turn over their hope and they don’t get a GED that is recognized as an official test credential."