With recent changes to the GED test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels, South Carolina education officials hope is that more people will take the high school equivalency exam.
State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman told South Carolina Radio Network that if an individual cannot go through the traditional path of high school, the changes to the GED testing are a way for them to get a diploma. “I think it should encourage people to get their GED. We of course want students to be in high school and go through the regular diploma tract,” Spearman said.
The changes mean the new passing score for the GED is 145, down from 150.
Spearman said that there are various reason why someone will drop out of school. “Some are not able to go to school the regular hours and they can show their competency by taking the GED,” she argued. “So this is a good choice.”
The changes will also mean that in South Carolina 571 GED testers will be impacted. Each of the 571 will be awarded their South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma. The GED Diplomas based on the new cut score will be dated December 31, 2015. It may take several weeks to perform the required technology updates in order for the new cut scores to be incorporated in the South Carolina Department of Education’s GED database. Many other GED testers may now be very close to passing the test.
The GED program will also include two optional levels above high school equivalency to signify college readiness, and for some test-takers the opportunity to earn college credits. The scoring enhancement is driven by a detailed analysis of educational outcomes of GED program graduates compared to high school graduates over the past 18 months.