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Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance meeting | GED® 2014: a year in review

20 May 2015

DSCN2336The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance (Alliance) convened on Tuesday, May 12th at The Free Library of Philadelphia for their quarterly meeting. The theme of the meeting was GED® 2014 – A Year in Review. At the meeting, participants learned about what has happened in Pennsylvania since the new version of the GED® was launched, and brainstormed challenges and solutions for helping adult learners pass the new GED®.

Attendees helped themselves to lunch as Brendan Conlin welcomed new and returning Alliance members to the meeting. He then introduced the guest speaker Brian Smith, State Relationship Manager for GED® Testing Services. Brian began his presentation with a thank you to the educators in the room for their hard work assisting adult learners, and then began an overview of the reasons why the GED® had to change. He followed with an update on the numbers including volume and pass rates for both national and Pennsylvania.

DSCN2336The volume of test takers in 2014 was drastically lower than previous years due to a variety of reasons, but has risen over 100% so far in 2015. The decline in volume for 2014 was consistent with other tests such as TASC and HISET as well. Pass rates were also down in 2014, but pass rates in 2015 are now approximately equal to pass rates for the prior version of the GED®.

Brian then gave some tips for educators to pass along to their learners to help them in passing the GED®, and pointed towards resources available on the GED® website for educators and learners. The presentation may be accessed here.

After the presentation, participants began their group discussion about issues around preparing their learners for the GED®. The discussion included: 1) Challenges with integrating digital literacy into GED® instruction; 2) Challenges related to supporting ESL learners and/or low-level learners for GED® preparation; and 3) Strategies to help address these challenges. Notes from the group discussion may be accessed here.

resourcesAttendees then heard announcements from organizations offering valuable services for their learners and then had a chance to takeaway a variety of resources from GED® and the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy.

Special thanks to all who attended this meeting. If you are not a member, wish to be, or want more information on the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance click here or contact Naomie Nyanungo at

View photos from the quarterly meeting.

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