Among the biggest changes to the exam:
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The exam makers have said that a key reason why they are changing the GED is be more aligned to the Common Core Standards. In announcing the revision in 2011, the test maker said:
"Building on the goals of the GED 21st Century Initiative, the two partners will combine their collective expertise and resources to develop a new GED Test aligned with Common Core State Standards that will assure colleges, universities and prospective employers that adults who have passed the GED Tests are prepared to compete and succeed in a global economy."
The Common Core State Standards initiative is a state-led effort that developed a set of national academic standards for English Language Arts and math to prepare students for success in higher education and careers. CCSS goals include:
There are five key components to the standards for English and Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language, and Media and Technology.
ELA curriculum shifts include:
Math curriculum shifts include:
The CCSS has eight principles of mathematical practice:
When are the first assessments for the CCSS?
The first assessments are expected to be administered in the 2014-2015 school year and will be online. There are two consortia of states that are working on developing assessments for the Common Core, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. In the first year of assessments (2014-2015), PARCC has stated that grades 3-5 students will take a paper-pencil assessment.
What does "next generation" mean?
Instead of stating "Common Core State Standards," educators and publishers might say "next generation," which they often use to refer to the CCSS.
Which states have adopted the CCSS?
The Standards have been adopted by 45 states, DC, DOD schools, and 4 territories. The only states and territories that have not adopted the CCSS are Alaska, Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, and Puerto Rico. Minnesota has accepted the ELA standards but not the math standards. Go to www.corestandards.org for the latest on which states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. Note that states vary on when they are planning full implementation and also there are variations in what they are implementing.
Where can I get more information about the Common Core?
You can find more information on the standards and timeline on www.corestandards.org. Also, www.achievethecore.org is a Web site created by the CCSS authors and other contributors to provide free, resources to educators implementing the CCSS.