Since the beginning of the development of the 2014 GED® test, GED Testing Service has made an unprecedented commitment adult educator professional development. In order to ensure that instructors have access to training that can maximize their effectiveness in preparing adult learners with the skills they will need for success on the test an in, we have created a variety of professional development programs and tools, in two categories: live professional development workshops and free materials and resources.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
GED Testing Service works with providers to deliver a variety of professional development workshops on topics including English language arts, mathematics, responding to constructed response questions, and topics in science and social studies.
Learn more about these workshops and our professional development partners!
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
Since 2012, GED Testing Service has been producing materials and resources in support of the new GED® test. The materials include manuals, paper-based and computer-based learning tools, practice tests in a variety of formats, recorded webinars, self-study materials, on-line learning courses, and more. Materials are added and updated frequently.
- The Educator Handbook: takes an in-depth look at the GED® test content, discusses recommended teaching strategies and shows how to tell if students are ready for the test. The handbook also explains how to use the 2014 GED® program tools and resources that are available to use in the classroom. Download the Educator Handbook CD (zip).
- Top Questions Test-takers are Missing: explains the skills that students must demonstrate in order to get the most frequently missed test questions correct. An updated version includes helpful annotations and examples so you can better understand the skills and test questions students are missing. Focus on these skills in your lesson plans so your students will be prepared on test day.
- Skills Students Need to Pass (Performance Level Descriptors): explain the skills students generally demonstrate in order to score into one of the three performance levels, and the skills they need to develop to advance their score on the GED® test or the GED Ready® test
- GED® Training Courses: These online courses are free, self-paced professional development tools to help instructors prepare for the new GED® test content and assist educators in developing curriculum and teaching strategies. Developed by Kentucky Educational Television and GED Testing Service. Two courses are currently available, GED® Test Info: Reasoning Through Language Arts and GED® Test Info: Mathematics, and both courses feature professional development consultants and trainers Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman-Shetler in many video segments. Each course reviews basic information about the entire GED® test, then delves into more detail about the language arts or mathematics tests. Both also include lots of instructional tips and techniques. At the end of each course, teachers complete a quiz and earn a Certificate of Completion. Access both courses using the links above or visit pbs.org/teacherline/catalog and search for either title.
- The Assessment Guide for Educators: an in-depth guide to the 2014 GED® test that includes a range of topics—covering not only the 2014 GED® test’s alignment with the scoring rubrics for extended response. A series of webinars followed the publication of each of the three chapters that reached more than 2,300 individuals and which gave instructors a chance to read, digest, and ask questions about the material
- The 2014 GED® Test Webinar Archive*: seven webinars that include a playback video, slideshow presentation, and slides featuring comments for each webinar. The archive contains the following:
- “The Wonderful World of GED® Testing Technology”
- “Webb’s Depth of Knowledge”
- “2014 GED® Test 101”
- “Exploring Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) Module of the 2014 GED® Test”
- “Exploring Social Studies Module of the 2014 GED® Test”
- “Exploring Science Module of the 2014 GED® Test”
- “Exploring Mathematical Reasoning Module of the 2014 GED® Test”
- The Item Samplers: geared for instructors in two interactive formats (as well as a third static format) that closely resemble the operational test interface complete with Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels and detailed answer explanations
- The GED® Test: A Content Comparison gives a breakdown of the similarities between the 2002 Series GED® Test and the 2014 GED® test
- A Teacher’s Guide*, an eight-week, self-paced, free course available for download from the GED Testing Service website or on DVD for those instructors - particularly those working in correctional environments - who have limited or no access to the Internet
- After completeing the eight-week course, download the Certificate of Participation.
- Free Practice Test previews the content and technology that will be a part of the 2014 GED® test
- Instructional videos designed to familiarize adult educators with the registration and scheduling system as well as the on-screen calculator
- Teaching resources like the Math Formula Sheet and the Educator Scoring Tool for the Extended Response items (English and Spanish)
- Marketing resources available for download in English and Spanish
- FAQs featuring common questions about the 2014 GED® program
In addition, we offer training sessions at national, regional and state conferences. We also participate in conferences and meetings with a variety of national organizations including Correctional Education Association (CEA), National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), National College Transitions Network (NCTN) as well as state adult and continuing education association meetings in more than three dozen states.
To ensure that there are a variety of effective training tools in place for instructors and test takers, GED Testing Service has shared the information on the 2014 GED® test broadly with commercial publishers who have a wide range of professional development materials supporting instructor training on the content covered by the new test. These materials are available in a variety of media and formats. For an overview of the materials available from publishers, please visit our Publishing Partner page.
*Individuals who complete these trainings can access a "Certificate of Completion" to prove their participation for professional development or continuing education credits.