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Recession Sees Surge in GED Test-Taking
A recent report from the GED Testing Service's (GEDTS) reveals that 2008 registered both the highest number of test-takers and the highest passing rate since the new GED series was introduced in 2002. Even more encouraging than the 6.6 percent surge in the number of adults who took the GED tests that year was an increase in the passing rate to 73 percent programwide. Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, and the U.S. military's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program achieved passing rates above 90 percent, according to GEDTS. The report also notes that test-taking in the last quarter of 2008, at the beginning of the economic downturn, increased 7 percent over the same period in 2007.
CCRC Tests Strategies To Help Low-Income Adults Earn Credentials
Columbia University's Community College Research Center has announced a 3-year $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Funds will help identify investments that could double the number of low-income students who earn a postsecondary degree or credential by age 26. Researchers will examine seven strategies to increase community college completions currently being implemented in four states. Eight studies will be conducted: evaluation of I-BEST (Washington State); exploration of key elements of effective occupational programs (Washington State); examination of online learning , student success courses, and gatekeeper success for remedial students (Virginia Community College System); investigation of developmental education assessment, placement, programming, and outcomes (City University of New York); review of accelerated developmental education model FastStart (Community College of Denver); and research on accelerated learning communities (Front Range Community College, Colorado).
Carnevale: Jobs for Less Educated Adults May Not Come Back
Jobs held by low-skilled adults may not be coming back, said Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, in a recent podcast. He said the current recession is "remarkable" because workers who lose jobs may not be coming back to the same job, employer or even occupation. Carnevale maintains that postsecondary education is key to recovery for these adults who need to upgrade marketable skills. The current recession has accelerated the shift in America's economy toward selecting workers based on broad skills gained from postsecondary education, Carnevale said.
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