Secretary of Education Provides Update on Progress of the GED
Harrisburg – Earlier this year, Acting
Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq announced changes to the process of
receiving a GED as a result of the 2002 GED exam expiring on Jan. 1, 2014.
the national GED Testing Service replaced the 2002 GED exam with the 2014 GED
test. This resulted in more than 43,000 Pennsylvanians who did not
successfully complete all sections of the 2002 exam by Dec. 31, 2013, being
required to restart them in 2014.
months following the transition, the Department of Education worked closely
with Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware), sponsor of House Bill 1931, and Rep. Hal
English (R-Allegheny), sponsor of House Bill 1930, to develop a solution of transferring
passing scores from the 2002 exam to the 2014 version.
“I want to
thank Representative Hackett and Representative English for working with the
department to help streamline this process to remove a barrier that would have
delayed a group of citizens from obtaining their secondary credentials,”
process now finalized, those Pennsylvanians who successfully completed one or
more sections of the 2002 GED exam are permitted to continue to carry over
those scores to the 2014 GED test to obtain a Commonwealth Secondary School
about fairness,” Rep. Hackett said. “Adult education must be a priority to help
our residents complete their education and improve their quality of life. We
were able to bring all stakeholders to the table and work with the department
to develop an effective solution without the delay often associated with the
January, the department received 1,994 requests to transfer scores on the
previous GED test to the new exam. Upon receipt of each request, the
department checks to see if an application has one or more qualifying scores
from the previous exam. To date, 1,887 of the 1,994 requests have been
processed and it has been determined that 1,100 had qualifying scores eligible
for transfer to the 2014 GED exam.
pleased that we will be able to eliminate an unnecessary obstacle for an adult
population that is already facing many challenges. It was apparent to me
that without this change many Pennsylvanians would lose previously earned
partial credits and would give up pursuing their GED. That’s why I
introduced House Bill 1930 to honor these partial credits,” said Rep. English.
“I commend Acting Secretary Dumaresq for her work to accomplish the goal of
House Bill 1930 so that we can help more adults earn their GED and become
information about the 2014 GED test, visit www.gedtestingservice.com.
contact: Tim Eller,
Department of Education, 717-783-9802
Foster, Rep. Hackett’s Office, 267-207-0207
Butler, Rep. English’s Office, 412-487-6605