If you plan on taking the GED test, take it sooner then later. The GED test is about to get tougher.
Short Wall Street Journal Article on the New GED
Why a Tougher GED Test?
From what I have read, various groups think a more rigorous GED test is a good idea.
Some Employers Think the GED Test is too Easy
High school dropouts are happy when they pass the GED. But potential employers aren’t always happy with the quality of GED graduates that they interview. Some of these employers want to raise the bar or difficulty of the GED test.
Some Educators Think the GED Test is Outdated
I don’t think the thousands of underpaid GED teachers throughout the U.S. think the GED test is too easy. They are the ones preparing hundreds of thousands of students to pass the GED.
But some educators who think on a national level and are paid to do so, these educators think the GED test needs updating. They want to upgrade the GED test. If you are an educator and someone offers you money to upgrade a curriculum or a course, you are probably delighted to do so. After all, you’re an educator.
If you’re a GED teacher asked to learn a more difficult curriculum, and to teach that curriculum to high school dropouts, and you’re asked to do this in your spare time without compensation, you probably aren’t too happy about the extra work.
Arne Duncan Thinks Supports an Improved GED Test
Whose Arne Duncan? He’s the U.S. Secretary of Education, and a good man. Arne ran the Chicago Public Schools before joining President Obama’s administration. I believe Mr. Duncan has the very best intentions in seeking an improved GED test for the U.S.
Did anyone ask High School Dropouts if they Wanted a More Difficult GED Test?
I doubt it. Perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps employers, educators, and the U.S. government have taken surveys of high school dropouts, asking them if they wanted a tougher GED test.
When does the GED test get tougher?
The initial efforts at making the GED test more rigorous will take place in New York City. I’ve read reports that New York City is hoping to begin the harder GED test in 2012. After that, if the testing goes well, you may see the standardized GED test made more difficult throughout the U.S.