Changes to the GED program went into effect Jan. 1, and the changes will impact GED instructors and students alike. ECC has eight full-time and 13 to 15 part-time GED instructors, and about 1,200 students go through the GED program each year.
The content in the 2014 GED tests will be different than the content in the now-defunct 2002 series of tests. The new tests will gauge knowledge of four different subject areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. The 2002 series tested students in five subject areas: literature, social studies, science, English/writing and math. Because of that content change, the GED instructional process will be entirely different, said Jerry L. Harper, director of college and career readiness for Edgecombe Community College (ECC).
“During the 2002 series of tests that we just completed, comprehension skills in the three reading subjects were paramount. In the new series of testing, instructors will not only have to ensure that students strengthen reading comprehension skills, but also strengthen their critical thinking and writing skills - just to be successful in the reading subjects,” Harper said.
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