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Southeast Kansas GED Students Happy About Lower Passing Score Level

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  The passing score for the GED test is now lower. And student at the Pittsburg Adult Education Center say that will make a difference to their success.

New scoring levels are in affect as of March first.

Shawn Isbell is preparing to take the GED.  He says, "When I was younger I got in to trouble did drugs and stuff got expelled. My little brothers graduated last year,  so I was like, if they both can graduate high school it’s time for me."

He and other students are excited about the changes that drop the passing score from 150 to 145 on the four GED subject  tests.

Shawn says, "I was scoring a 138  on my practice test and the other day I took one and scored a 145, so."

Another student,  Marceline Haiser,   is now retroactively getting a passing grade on a science  test she took but barely failed before. And  that’s motivation for her  to continue.

Marceline says, "It makes you feel a lot  better  because 150 is like, you get so close, then you get down.  It just makes me want to get ready to take all the other classes."

The new GED test that came in 2014, is designed to get students academically ready for college so they don't have to take developmental classes there. A study of scores the last two years show fewer GED grads having to take developmental class than high school graduates.

Besides lowering the passing scores GED added higher scoring levels which can lead to college credit.

Center director Karen Sooter says, "The college ready or honors level is 165 and at 170 GED testing service and the American  Council on Education are recommending that GED graduates receive up to ten hours of college credit."

That’s where Shawn hopes to head next but for him and for  Marceline a GED is key to getting a job too.

Marceline says, "Cause I want to better myself make more money."

And Shawn believes it will give a better impression to potential employers.

“They’ll say you know so it’s like he's a convicted felon. He went back to school, got his GED, he's out  doing everything he needs to do, so he's trying.  So let’s give this guy a chance."

    

 Sooter says she's reached out to other students who narrowly missed passing the GED tests and hopes this will inspire them to return to get their GED.

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