Carson City, NV - April 28, 2016
VEGAS, NV – Today the Nevada State
Board of Education voted to approve the new national passing score of 145 for
the General Educational Development (GED) test, leading to a Nevada Certificate
of High School Equivalency (HSE). The GED Testing Service recently announced a
recalibration to the GED Test passing score from 150 to 145. The program will
also include two optional HSE levels to signify college readiness, and the
possibility for some test-takers to apply for college credits.
The new performance levels apply
retroactively to test-takers who have tested since January 1, 2014. Examinees
who earned scores between 145-149 prior to the new passing score are now
eligible for a state credential.
300 Nevada adults are now eligible to receive their Nevada Certificate of High
School Equivalency,” said Brad Deeds, State HSE Administrator. “This can open
the door for more people to now pursue postsecondary education and training,
and more fully participate in the New Nevada career pathways system.”
After collecting and analyzing
extensive data on test-taker performance and early outcomes, the GED program
can now measure the full spectrum of a typical graduating high school class.
According to Patrick Crane, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Research Director, the 2013 and 2014 GED test passers were less likely to place
into remedial coursework than community college students who recently graduated
from high school.
As GED passing scores are in
Nevada Administrative Code (NAC 385.408 and NAC 389.694), the Board of
Education’s decision today also allows students to waive credits based upon the
new passing scores should they elect to continue on after passing an HSE test
to pursue their Adult Standard Diploma
MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Deeds, State HSE Administrator, 775-687-7289