Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gorski Gets His GED

He's going to need it for what it is worth these days:

"Fewer people took, passed new GED, equivalency tests" by Carolyn ThompsonAssociated Press  April 02, 2015

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The number of people taking high school equivalency exams in the United States plummeted — and the percentage who passed fell, too — in the year after a revamped, Common Core-inspired GED was introduced and the harder questions on the new exams led to lower scores.

The GED, or General Educational Development test, was overhauled last year to reflect some of the Common Core standards that have been adopted by most states and emphasize critical thinking.

That's not what the Common Core curriculum is or does.


The new types of questions left some test-takers frustrated.

‘‘The math was the hardest part; it was all new stuff. I’m never going to use any of it,’’ said Larry Gorski, 58, who plans to try again for the diploma he needs to look for new work after the graphics plant where he was a printer for 32 years was closed....

And what have we learned?