State officials urge GED participants to finish this year

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ State officials are urging Nebraskans working on their GED certificates to finish their task this year or they'll have to start over next year with a new series.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/Pu0WWf) that nearly 10,000 Nebraskans are working on their GED diplomas in place of high school diplomas.

A Nebraska Education Department official says the GED Testing Service will release a new series of tests next year, so test results on the current series
won't be valid.

Department director of adult education Vicki Bauer says ``there's no
grandfathering of scores, because it changes so dramatically.''

The GED certificate is earned by passing tests on reading, writing, social studies, science and math.

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