Marisa B. Perez, who represents District 3 (San Antonio & South Texas) on the Texas State Board of Education, recently shared a newsletter with information about potential changes to the high school equivalency program—the GED. The Committee on Instruction is meeting to consider these changes. Here is Perez’s description:
Some of the proposed changes to the GED will take the state from a paper based program to a computer based program, standardize the test fees ($120) and increase the rigor of the test by moving towards measures intended to better prepare students for college and career readiness. I am committed to strengthening community via education but want to ensure that we do so in a responsible and prudent manner. My chief concerns are the increase in the fees and cut-off of current incomplete test takers in 2014 which would require they start over. I will be working diligently during committee and general session to ensure that we have the best transition possible. I am planning a “2013 GED Completion” blitz and hope to count on your partnership in order to ensure that our communities be fully aware of the changes.