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Presented for The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland on June 7, 2013.

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  • The motto of the Common Core State Standards is “FEWer, CLEARer, HIGHer.”GED Test items connected to the Depth of Knowledge Levels: Level One: 20%Levels Two & Three: 80% Level Four: 0%For the 2002 GED Math Test, the first time passing rate is 30% for paper-based and 83% for computer-based testing.
  • The “wholesale” price of the 2014 GED Test is $120 for the first two years. Each jurisdiction sets the price for test-takers.The 2014 GED writing sections will include:45 min extended response in Reasoning through Language Arts.25 min extended response in Social Studies.2short answer responses in Science.
  • Ask audience to guess: What is the overall change in % of passing rates of of CBT vs. paper-based in 2012? What about math? Show rates. Why? Usability study recommended 500 changes, including grouping questions by the answer type and providing tutorials on using the system.
  • Example: $125 in Ohio.
  • Compare to other exams: $100 for STNA exam. $15-400 for Carpentry license (by state)
  • We did not field test every lesson in the book, but several of them. Meet: Shannon, Geri, Antonio, & Tiffany. My other learners didn’t want their pictures taken!
  • Gently enforce these rules! Provide the behavioral expectations to create a safe space for group construction of knowledge through discussion.
  • This chart demonstrates the relationship between education level, unemployment, and income. The unemployment statistic measures the percentage of people who are actively seeking work and cannot find it. The median weekly earnings measures the average weekly income of people who are employed full time. The red line indicates the income level of 150% of poverty for a family of four.
  • The motto of the Common Core State Standards is “FEWer, CLEARer, HIGHer.”GED Test items connected to the Depth of Knowledge Levels: Level One: 20%Levels Two & Three: 80% Level Four: 0%For the 2002 GED Math Test, the first time passing rate is 30% for paper-based and 83% for computer-based testing.
  • The “wholesale” price of the 2014 GED Test is $120 for the first two years. Each jurisdiction sets the price for test-takers.The 2014 GED writing sections will include:45 min extended response in Reasoning through Language Arts.25 min extended response in Social Studies.2short answer responses in Science.
  • “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” –J.R.R. TolkeinHow can you keep your feet? In one or two words, give me something that will NOT change.
  • “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” –J.R.R. TolkeinHow can you keep your feet? In one or two words, give me something that will NOT change.

2014 GED Test Instructional Strategies 2014 GED Test Instructional Strategies Presentation Transcript

  • 2014 GED® Test:Instructional Strategies7 June 2013
  • Presenter:Meagen FarrellFarrell Ink LLC
  • Author of InstructionalMaterials Free materials onlineat farrellink.com:◦ Learning for LifeStarter Kit◦ NEO Literacy CorpsMember Trainings Teaching Adults: A2014 GED® TestResource Book fromNew Readers Press
  • Objectives Introduce 5 major changes with the2014 GED® Test. Consider the implications forinstruction and curricula. Demonstrate a sampleinterdisciplinary lesson. Facilitate groups to create their owninterdisciplinary lesson plans.
  • Our activities connect with thefollowing Research-Based BestPractices for Adult Literacy: Participate in and facilitate supportivelearning environments. Use authentic instructional materials. Promote learner persistence.Source: A Framework for Program Improvements in Adult Literacy
  • WHAT CAN WE EXPECTIN JANUARY 2014?
  • The Big ChangesCommonCore StateStandardsDepth ofKnowledge100%Computer-Based TestingNew TestPricingFourIntertwinedSubjects©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Participated in a Webinar? Pre-Test The motto of the Common Core StateStandards is “______er, _______er,______er.” GED® Test items connected to theDepth of Knowledge Levels: LevelOne: ____% Levels Two & Three:____% Level Four: ___% For the 2002 GED® Math Test, thefirst time passing rate is ___% forpaper-based and ___% for computer-based testing.©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Participated in a Webinar? Pre-Test The “wholesale” price of the 2014GED® Test is $_____ for the first twoyears. _____________ sets the price for test-takers. The 2014 GED® test will includewriting:◦ ____ min extended response inReasoning through Language Arts.◦ ____ min extended response in SocialStudies.◦ ____ short answer responses in Science.©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Common Core StateStandards GED® assessment targets are basedon the CCSS and other career &college readiness standards Also used for standards-basedinstruction Skills standards in English LanguageArts & Mathematics (not contentstandards) “Fewer, clearer, higher”©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Depth of KnowledgeReplaces Bloom’sTaxonomy.Measures cognitivecomplexity of a task.GED® test items: 20% level 1 80% levels 2 & 31• Verbatim Recall• Paraphrasing2• Main point, patterns• Identify relationships3• Inference & synthesis• Prediction, elaboration4• Generating hypotheses• Complex analysis©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Computer-Based Testing2012 CBT TestingResults(2002 series test)Partnering withcomputer-based testingprovider Pearson VUE2014: Automatedscores available within3 hoursReduced Stress!IncreasedscoresTime left overMath Passing Rate (1st Time)83% oncomputer30% on paperOverall Passing Rate88% oncomputer71% on paper©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • New Price for GED® Test Cost for test battery $120 for 2014 &2015-- Jurisdictions may set studentfee higher/lower©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Value of the GED Test Adults with a high school equivalencydiploma earn $250,000+ more over theirlifetime. GEDTS is protecting the value of thecredential for test-takers:◦ Litigate to protect GED name: 40fraudulent companies shut downalready◦ Improve customer service to test-takers: great YouTube videos &tutorials!◦ Continue to research value of passingthe GED Test & market to colleges andemployers©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Four Intertwined SubjectsReasoningthroughLanguage ArtsScienceSocial StudiesMathematicalReasoning©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Content from Real Life ScenariosReasoningthroughLanguage ArtsScienceSocial StudiesMathematicalReasoning©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Writing ConstructedResponsesReasoningthroughLanguage ArtsScienceSocial StudiesMathematicalReasoning©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Interpreting DataReasoningthroughLanguage ArtsScienceSocial StudiesMathematicalReasoning©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Questions?©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • IMPLICATIONS FORINSTRUCTION &CURRICULA©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Find a Partner Take 5 minutes to discuss how youthink the computer-based GED® testwill impact instruction & curricula. Howwill it affect you? your students? yourprogram? As a reminder, the other changes wediscussed:◦ Common Core State Standards◦ Depth of Knowledge◦ New GED Test Pricing◦ Four Intertwined Subjects©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Implications for Instruction &Curricula Who would like to share?◦ Name one effect on you◦ Name one effect on your students◦ Name one effect on your program©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • 10 MINUTE BREAKDiscuss the implications for instructors
  • SAMPLEINTERDISCIPLINARYLESSON
  • My Two Cents on TeachingAdults• GED test prepprograms are likemarathon trainingprograms at a gym.• Single-subjectinstruction is likerunning alone on thetreadmill, day after day.• Interdisciplinary groupinstruction is likeworking out with ateam.©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Facilitating Engaging Lessons:Education PaysField Tested at the Legacy Program©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • • One person talks at a time.• We do not have to agree.• Everyone can share their thoughts andfeelings.• Respond to the topic, not to others’comments.Are there rules you want to change,delete, or add?How Do We Want to Act as aGroup?©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • Objective Look deeper at the words, numbers,and experiences that define poverty. Understand statistics that show therelationship between education level,income level, and unemployment. Reflect on what we can do aboutpoverty.
  • What Does Poverty Mean ToYou?
  • Why is Poverty important?Some Questions to Consider: Why does the U.S. measure howmany people are in poverty? What social services are provided forpeople in poverty? How could someone get out ofpoverty?
  • We’re going to look at threedefinitions of poverty: The words in the federal definitionfrom the U.S. Census Bureau A video about the experience of ruralpoverty from World Vision The numbers from that define thefederal poverty guidelines
  • The Words: What is Poverty?The United States Census Bureau offers thefollowing definition: Following the Office of Management andBudgets (OMB) Statistical Policy Directive 14,the Census Bureau uses a set of money incomethresholds that vary by family size andcomposition to determine who is in poverty. If afamilys total income is less than the familysthreshold, then that family and every individualin it is considered in poverty. The official povertythresholds do not vary geographically, but theyare updated for inflation using Consumer PriceIndex (CPI-U). The official poverty definitionuses money income before taxes and does notinclude capital gains or noncash benefits (suchas public housing, Medicaid, and food stamps).
  • The Experience: Ruralpoverty… Rural Poverty in the United States byWorld Vision
  • What did you see or hear in thisvideo? “World Vision has the ability to bring thoseideas into a community in a culturally sensitiveway and help leaders adapt their approachesto poverty in a way that is more effective,leading people out of generational poverty.” –Ruston Seaman “I think we want to live productive lives. I thinkwe want our children to be happy and welladjusted. We want them to be able to pursueor chase their dreams. I think we want to beable to provide for their needs. I think we wantto be able to live comfortably without notknowing where your next meal is going tocome from or whether your lights is going to
  • The Numbers: PovertyGuidelines 2013For the 48 ContiguousStates and the District ofColumbia Forfamilies/householdswith more than 8persons, add $4,020for each additionalperson.Persons infamily/householdPoverty guideline1 $11,4902 15,5103 19,5304 23,5505 27,5706 31,5907 35,6108 39,630From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm
  • WHAT CAN WE DOABOUT IT?
  • One High School Diploma CanBring A Family of Four
  • What is Poverty?What Can I Do About It? Everyone take an index card and penor pencil. Write for five minutes about whatpoverty means and what you can doabout it. Don’t worry about spelling orpunctuation. Just write down yourthoughts.
  • Share Your Thoughts: Each person share one thought oridea that came from your reflection. (You don’t have to read your card outloud!)
  • Responses? Questions?
  • Your Turn to Create a Lesson! Each person should have a blanklesson plan template and a completedexample. Get in pairs or groups up to fourpeople. Designate one person as the recorderto write down the lesson.©2013 New Readers Press. Used with permission.
  • QUIZ TIME!!!
  • Quiz Answers The motto of the Common Core StateStandards is “______er, _______er,______er.” GED Test items connected to theDepth of Knowledge Levels: LevelOne: ____% Levels Two & Three:____% Level Four: ___% For the 2002 GED Math Test, the firsttime passing rate is ___% for paper-based and ___% for computer-basedtesting.
  • Quiz Answers The “wholesale” price of the 2014 GEDTest is $_____ for the first two years. _____________ sets the price for test-takers. The 2014 GED writing sections willinclude:◦ ____ min extended response in Reasoningthrough Language Arts.◦ ____ min extended response in SocialStudies.◦ ____ short answer responses in Science.
  • A JOURNEY OF 1,000MILES BEGINS WITH ASINGLE STEP
  • Photo Source: http://flipflopsonly.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/stuck-in-the-middle-earth-with-you-a-trip-to-hobbiton-new-zealand/
  • Photo Source: http://flipflopsonly.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/stuck-in-the-middle-earth-with-you-a-trip-to-hobbiton-new-zealand/
  • Thank You & Disclaimer RAFFLE!!! Please complete the evaluation! This workshop was developed with thesupport of The Literacy Cooperative ofGreater Cleveland. All other logos, images, and quotesare fair use for non-profit, educationalpurposes. They are the property oftheir respective copyright/trademarkowners. Use does not implysponsorship, endorsement oraffiliation of any kind.