September 2015

What is the GED really testing?

By |September 29th, 2015|

Some of you may recall the news that there is a new GED (General Educational Development) test in town.

The GED Testing Service, a non-profit, administered the old GED and decided what content was included. The GED was well known as a decent replacement for a high school diploma for any student who dropped out of high school before graduating. Students could go to school, catch up on their education, study and most could successfully pass the GED. This would help them find jobs, better jobs, get into college, and generally move their lives forward.

But then, in 2014 the GED was privatized and is now owned by Pearson, a […]

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New WIOA keeps schools guessing… for now

By |September 15th, 2015|

A big topic at the recent conferences I have been attending, including some regional state conferences and COABE in Denver, has been the new WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) legislation that was passed by Congress. This is one of the key funding vehicles that provide adults with education at the local level. The previous legislation, WIA (Workforce Investment Act), provided funding to agencies to help educate adults who lack basic skills. Both acts are meant to educate adults who lack basic education (think Reading or Math or speaking English), who dropped out of high school and now realize they need to finish their high school diploma or […]

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Student merge tool down for maintenance

By |September 9th, 2015|

This Saturday, September 12th, we will be taking the student merge tool (Tools > Student Merge) down temporarily while we complete work on a new version of the tool. The new tool will be available some time in October.

Why not make the existing tool available while we work on the new one? 99% of the time the existing tool works perfectly, but there have been reports of student/parent records disappearing after being merged, and we don’t want to take the chance of anyone losing data unexpectedly.

One of the features of the new tool will be the ability to scan your entire student population for duplicates rather than having to go searching name by name. When […]

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