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Colorado to examine alternatives to GED

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch
Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Coloradans will be able to obtain their high school equivalency through alternatives to the GED test.

On Dec. 10, the State Board of Education voted 4-3 to allow the Colorado Department of Education to enter into contract negotiations with publishers of the GED, HiSET and TASC tests.

Representatives from the publishers of the three high school equivalency tests briefly introduced their tests and answered board member questions.

Fewer adult learners have attempted and passed the GED in Colorado since 2014 when it became an all-computerized test aligned with the Common Core.

This year 2,276 people passed the GED in Colorado as of October, compared with an average of 10,949 people a year who passed the test in the three years before it changed.

Some Coloradans have had to travel as far away as Cheyenne, Wyoming, to take a less expensive alternative, the HiSET.

Board member Angelika Schroeder voted against contract negotiations. “My fundamental concern is are these three tests equivalent?” Schroeder said.

Chairman Steve Durham voted in favor of contract negotiations with other vendors, saying the public had expressed a “demonstrated urgency to provide competition in this field.”

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