If you have followed Hope House for long, you probably know that the new GED test, implemented by the federal government through Pearson VUE in January 2014, proved to be a barrier to people trying to break out of poverty.
In fact, once the new test was implemented, our number of GED graduates fell by 47 percent. Statewide the number of people earning their GED fell by 86 percent!
Last fall we actually began shuttling our teen moms to Wyoming, where they were able to pass the HiSET test, an alternate high school equivalency certification that covers the same material but is presented in a more direct, accessible manner.
Recently Jackie, who studied in our GED Program for two years trying to pass the Pearson VUE GED exam, declared, “I get the HiSET material!” Today she is attending a local community college and is on her way to self-sufficiency, which would not have been possible without a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
However, driving our teen moms for testing was not exactly efficient! Therefore, we are thrilled to announce that after months working with the GED Task Force, the State Board of Education recently voted to allow the Colorado Department of Education to enter into contract negotiations with several high school equivalency providers, including the HiSET, TASC and GED tests.
This is fantastic news for our teen moms because they will soon be able to choose the high school equivalency exam right here in Colorado that best fits their needs. This is a victory indeed!