COUNCIL BLUFFS — The General Educational Development test, which has long been a symbol of achievement for people who didn’t finish high school, is about to be replaced in Iowa.
Dec. 13 is the final date the GED test will be offered locally, according to Terri Amaral, coordinator of Iowa Western Community College’s Adult Learning Center at the Omni Center.
Beginning in 2014, the state will use a high school equivalency test called HiSET, administered by Educational Testing Service, Amaral told members of Promise Partners’ Youth and Family Committee last week.
Educational Testing Service also produces the SAT, PSAT, College-Level Examination Program and Advanced Placement tests, among others.
That’s not the only change on the way at the Adult Learning Center, Amaral said. Federal funding for adult basic education has declined, but the Iowa Legislature approved enough money to allow Amaral to hire two full-time certified teachers, along with some part-time instructors. In the past, she had to depend entirely on part-timers.
Some subjects will be taught in a structured class setting rather than on an individual basis. Much of the testing will be done on computer.
The center will also offer the GAP Tuition Assistance Program and help with transportation and child care costs.