State drops GED, switches tests

Article By: Mike Hasten | January 6, 2014 | Originally Posted on Shreveporttimes.com

BATON ROUGE — For the past 71 years, thousands of Louisiana students who didn’t finish high school have received alternative diplomas by completing a test commonly referred to as the GED.

But starting this month, the GED (General Educational Development) test will no longer be administered in Louisiana. Those seeking an alternate diploma will take a different test.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System, which has administered GED tests in the past couple of years, has dumped the GED in favor of HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), developed by the Educational Testing Service as a national alternative to the GED.

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