The GED (General Education Diploma) test was supposed to be one of the simplest of examinations for Americans. However, to their dismay, many adult citizens discovered the GED test to have been made exceptionally difficult this year and the trend doesn’t look good at all.
The numbers are quite appalling: According
to the GED Testing Service
, 401,388 people earned a GED in 2012 and about 540,000 in 2013. This year, only about 55,000 have passed nationally. Needless to say, that’s a drop of almost 90 percent. However, mere numbers don’t even begin to explain the underlying crises. The National Economic Policy is increasingly emphasizing adult education programs, and most jobs (even those stocking Wal-Mart’s shelves) require a high school diploma. Additionally, the dilemma deepens for those who have spent time behind federal prison bars. Many prison re-entry education programs mandate the high school drop-out population to pass the GED test.
What has changed? The GED test has always been perceived to be difficult for those who have abandoned education a long time ago. This is especially true if you are 20 years or more removed from high school and haven’t given a single thought to quadratic equations or Thomas Jefferson’s verbiage since then. However, for those unfortunate souls who have taken the GED test this year and will do so from hereon, passage of the high school equivalency is probably less likely than at any other point in the 70-year history of the test.
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