Look what they've done to the GED. Aligned with Common Core and handed over to Pearson

Mike Klonsky, Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog, Jan 11, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Mike Klonsky highlights the dangers of the corporatization of education. "The GED exam has been overhauled, aligned with the Common Core and handed over to Pearson, the giant British testing and textbook corporation in order to supposedly prepare students for 21st-Century jobs. The new test is now much harder. The test prep classes are given on-line. No more personalization." The result? "In 2012, a total of 401,388 people passed the GED test. In 2014, only 58,524." Now I understand that the GED standards have to be rigorous. But the other part of the responsibility is getting people up to that standard. That is why the commercialization is a failure.

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