Tuesday, August 10, 2004

GED would be for select few

By Charles Wolfe
The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Potential dropouts admitted to a proposed GED program likely would have to be at least two years behind in school, Department of Education officials said Monday.

They said that would be among a number of standards to ensure that the new high school equivalency program got only a select few students, not a wholesale enrollment of poor performers.

"This is a small population," Kevin Noland, a deputy commissioner and general counsel of the department, told a legislative subcommittee. "We only want kids (for whom) this is the last straw, the last thing before dropout."

Kentucky currently restricts participation in the GED - General Education Development program - to dropouts 17 and older who have been out of school at least a year or whose class has already graduated.

The department, acting on legislation passed by the 2004 General Assembly, has proposed a "secondary GED" intended to prevent dropouts. The Kentucky Board of Education is to revisit the proposal at its meeting Wednesday and Thursday.

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