Many great minds are helping to develop the new assessment

For nearly 70 years, the GED® testing program focused on providing adults a high school equivalency credential. On January 2, 2014, GED Testing Service will release a new assessment in all jurisdictions (except Canada) that will not only measure high school equivalency, but will also provide information about a test-taker’s readiness for careers and college.

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For several years, we’ve involved experts from a wide range of professional organizations and disciplines to help us create a framework for the new assessment. Listed below are the groups that helped influence the design of the new assessment, from philosophy to assessment targets. See our Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2014 GED® test.


Achieve, Inc., with representatives from:


The panel of stakeholders reviewing the results of the Standardization and Norming Study and assisting GED Testing Service in establishing the Passing Standard on the 2014 GED(R) test includes representation from


The new assessment Advisory Board consisted of representatives from:

  • Department of Defense
  • Florida Department of Education
  • The Manufacturing Institute
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Meeder Consulting Group, Inc.
  • National Center for Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc.
  • National Association of System Heads
  • Educational Policy Improvement Center at University of Oregon
  • Education Division of ACT
  • GED Testing Service


The new assessment Policy Board consisted of representatives from:

  • Council of the Great City Schools
  • Alfred State University
  • Institute for Education Leadership and Policy
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Harris County Department of Education
  • National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc.
  • Education Division of ACT
  • Correctional Education Association
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Michigan Department of Energy
  • SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • GED Testing Service
  • Student Achievement Partners


The new assessment Technical Advisory Committee consisted of representatives from:

  • Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation
  • Michigan State University
  • National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment
  • University of Nebraska
  • Education Division of ACT