Destroying the GED, by Pearson

Diane Ravitch's blog

SInce Pearson bought control of the GED test, there has been a staggering collapse in the number of students who passed it and won a high school diploma. Pearson raised the cost of taking it and made it harder by aligning it with the Common Core.

Before Pearson took over, about half a million students took the GED, and most passed. After Pearson took control, passing rates dropped by a stunning 90%.

These days, employers often require a high school diploma even for menial jobs. No diploma, a life of limited opportunity.

New York City once had a superb adult education program, one of the best in the nation. But that program is now producing few graduates.

“The city Department of Education touts its $47 million-a-year adult-education program as the biggest in the state and second-biggest nationwide, but last school year it awarded just 299 high-school equivalency diplomas, The…

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