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A GED student studies at Seeds of Literacy for his test

Putting a Band-Aid on the GED® Test – Policy Matters Ohio

In February, the nonprofit policy research group Policy Matters Ohio released a report on the dismal rates of Ohioans taking and passing the GED® exam since it underwent significant changes in 2014 at the hands of for-profit owner Pearson. Policy Matters Ohio called the situation a “GED collapse.” This week,
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A female student reads a book at Seeds of Literacy.

Literacy is Key to Women’s Equality

Today is International Women’s Day, a time to recognize the achievements of women worldwide, and to advocate for all of the progress yet to be made. For many women, the cornerstone of that potential progress is improved literacy. Worldwide, 493 million women can’t read. As a result, they are disadvantaged
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Policy Matters Ohio Reports on “GED® Collapse”

Policy Matters Ohio has released a scathing in-depth report on the “GED® collapse” Ohio has experienced since the GED exam became the property of GED Testing Service, the joint venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson, the world’s largest for-profit education company. According to the report by the
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GED Testing Service lowers the pass rate for the GED test.

GED Testing Service Changes Passing Score

GED Testing Service has changed the passing score for the GED® test from 150 to 145. The current version of the GED exam, which took effect in January 2014, is aligned with Common Core standards and aimed at college and career readiness. However, the lowered passing score comes to better
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The for-profit marketing of the GED test hurts adult learners.

The Business of the GED® Test

What comes to mind when you think of Black Friday deals? Star Wars toys? Smartphones? How about the GED® test? Since the GED exam became the property of GED Testing Service, a joint venture between the American Council on Education and for-profit test-maker Pearson, the test has undergone a branding
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A Seeds of Literacy student attends class at our east side location.

Education Where it’s Needed, Not Just Where it’s Pleasant

The Northeast Ohio Media Group recently published a series of photos and profiles of youths in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Cleveland’s east side. The testimonials and statistics of “GrieveLand: Stories of Violence and Lost Dreams from the Streets of Mt. Pleasant” are heartbreaking and horrifying, telling of gangs, death,
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