Pushing to make schools better

Linking funding to teacher credentials . . . . . . could hurt the neediest the most, some say. The USA now has an official definition of ”quality teacher.” Just look in the education bill headed for a House-Senate conference committee.

The bill, considered the most sweeping blueprint for education change in 35 years, sets minimum federal standards for teachers in Title I schools — schools in high-poverty areas
that serve educationally disadvantaged students. School districts that don’t meet the standard would lose some federal funding. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill require
those teachers to:

Earn a bachelor’s degree, have a license or be certified under state law, and have an academic major in what they teach, or pass a test in their subject area if they are in high schools.

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Preparing To Go Back To Work

This is a big week for me. School and my new job start on Wednesday. Summer break is over and now, instead of sleeping until 10, we will all be out of bed at 5:30 and in the car by 6:30, hopefully dressed with hair combed and teeth brushed. I will work for a website that offers lessons for high school students so my target group are kids called a generation Z!

My job is to make sure all images and branding is top-notch and it’s scary in some way because I am not sure what a generation Z is all about!  who  I’ll be happy with dressed for the first couple of days. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll adjust. Eventually.

What bothers me most (aside from the ungodly hour) is taking the baby girl to daycare. None of my kids have ever been to daycare. I couldn’t bear the thought. I wanted to stay home with my kids while they still wanted me around. The baby and toddler years go by so fast and I didn’t want to miss a moment. The thought of them taking their first steps or saying their first word while at daycare was agonizing. Continue reading “Preparing To Go Back To Work”

Human Being Once Again!

I know I’ve been acting like kind of an Emo lately. Cryptic blog posts and woah is me, going a little over the top, being a little meta. I acknowledge that. I wasn’t going to write this post, but seeing as I don’t know how to open an actual dialogue about the subject (my parents don’t even know), I figure just blurting it out to strangers is as good a way as any.

It started with me noticing a strange mole next to my belly button. I don’t have a picture of said mole, because, I didn’t think this would be something I could tactfully write about without coming off whiney. Anyway, it looked kind of like this:

It had an irregular border, was multicolored, and was bumpy in places. It also hadn’t always looked that way, at least from what I could remember. This epiphany, of course, occurred on a Saturday night at 4 am where I really couldn’t do much about it except google myself into a state of psychosis. First thing Monday, I called my doctor, and she saw me Tuesday. She decided to take it off then and there, which was a pretty painless experience aside from the sound of the crunching of scissors on skin. She stitched me up and sent it off for a punch biopsy.

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Tips for the GED Essay

You must write your GED essay on the topic that’s assigned to you at your exam. You can read the assigned topic before you start out on the essay part of the Reasoning through Language Arts test.

All topics are assigned at random, but exemptions to assigned topics may be granted when the topic is inappropriate because of students’ religion, incarceration, or disability.

Candidates who think that they should be exempt for one of the reasons mentioned can inform the Examiner at the testing site when they have read the assigned topic.

Exemptions will not be granted because a student doesn’t understand the topic, or because he or she doesn’t have an opinion on the subject. Each of the exemptions needs to be reported with the Kentucky GED Administrator in Frankfort and GED Testing Service.

When a student has written his essay on a different topic than the assigned one, his essay is not scored. In that case, the student receives a zero score and will be required to take the entire Literacy test again, and his testing history will show that his essay was off-topic. When a student has written his essay inadequately, he will also get a zero score, and this will also be noted on his test history. Continue reading “Tips for the GED Essay”

Accommodations for disabled students

90310882For examinees who are deaf or hard of hearing, signed, captioned instructions videos are available, as well as printed test instructions.

Candidates can request these instructions in writing and timely at the Chief Examiner, as well as interpreted instructions. Candidates who are hard of hearing or deaf, and to who English not their first language, may request for extended time.

These candidates may compose their essays on videotape and later translate this to Standard Written English.

Examinees who are visually impaired or blind, there are GED Test versions in large print, on audiocasette, and in Braille.

They may also use various aid devices such as closed-circuit TV, talking calculators, or visually adaptive devices, and for students who cannot complete standard answer sheets, there are scribes and Braille-writing devices.

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Test taking strategies

General Tips

The GED tests are done completely on a computer, except for student with disabilities who are required and allowed to take the tests in a paper-based format. Let’s take a look at paper-based testing now. Also here, the scores on your GED® exam are based exclusively on how many of the test’s questions you answered correctly, and you can only benefit if you answer all questions.

Candidates should not be spending too much of the given time on each individual question, so if you don’t know an answer you best mark that answer that seemed to be best in the first place. If you mark two answers for a question, you will not receive any credit for that specific question. For each question, just one answer may be marked, there is always just one correct answer to each individual question.

Please be sure that your marks on the answer sheets completely fill the circles and are dark. The multiple choice questions on your Writing Skills answer sheet have large bubbles that surround smaller white bubbles, ans you only need to fill the smaller white bubbles.

You should not be making any stray marks on your answer sheets, and if you erase anything, you should do so completely, and please check if every circle you marked on your answer sheets is corresponding with that question’s number to your answer choice.

Tips for Testing Within the Time Limits

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download-15Q. If a student needs scores right now. Is the examiner allowed to provide a copy?
A. No, test centers are not giving out score details. The state office is issuing diplomas and official transcripts. Through AERIN, adult education programs can access student scores, but these scores are only available to support the programs with their instruction efforts, and not to give out score information to students.

Q. If a student has no Social Security number, can he/she still student test?
A. There’s no need for students to hold a Social Security number, nor do they need to be U.S. citizens, to be able to test for the GED exam. All students, though, must the eligibility requirements that apply in Kentucky. When a student is not having a Social Security number, providers funded through KYAE must give those students the number that they use for enrollment to AERIN. The student is required to enter this same number onto the answer sheets and demographics form instead of the social security number. This grants the adult education center access to student scores through AERIN. On the answer sheets and demographics form, the students must indicate that this number is a ‘Jurisdiction’, and not a Social Security number. For non-funded programs, bubble KY5, residence county code (3 digits), day and month of birth of the student. Test centers can access student records also by birth date and name.

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GED Test for Students with Disabilities

images-32All GED testing centers, and all GED testing operations, need to be in compliance with all requirements of the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. All GED testing need to be offered in places that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, and in a way that they can freely take the GED tests. This implies that all GED testing sites need to be ADA-accessible, and this also means that testing sites must provide accommodations to all persons with documented disabilities. If candidates want to receive accommodations, they need to timely submit a request form that includes proper documentation (from a qualified diagnostician).

If the request is valid and done within the proper time frame, the State GED Administrator will grant approval for the accommodations. A GED Examiner may not be providing accommodated GED testing to an applicant if he doesn’t have prior permission from the Kentucky GED office, as providing any accommodations without holding prior approval may lead to closure of the GED testing site. There are, though, accommodations that do not require prior approval, for example providing large print versions of the GED test at regular testing time, and in doubt, please contact a GED testing site near you to learn all about their possibilities and accommodation policy. You can find a full list of GED testing sites in Kentucky here.

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GED Testing Misconduct Policy

images-34GED Testing Service is a Washington, DC based organization that includes the American Council on Education (ACE) and one of the world’s largest education publishing companies Pearson VUE. The organization requires the strictest enforcement of all their testing standards. Test takers are pretty clearly informed that their scores will are invalid and that they will be denied a GED diploma, or that their certificate will be revoked if they will engage in one or more of the listed misconduct.

GED testing Service has a pretty long list of misconduct, so take your time and become totally aware of eventual implication. The list includes impersonating another person, the presentation of false identification, receiving advance test questions or answers, copying from another test taker, talking during the GED test, removing or trying to remove part of the GED test from the test room, use any sort of unauthorized aid, taking non-authorized time extension, leaving your seat when testing without the examiner’s permission, sitting in another seat than assigned, disclosing any essay topic or test item after testing, falsifying a GED transcript or certificate, taking one of the GED modules more often than allowed in a calendar year, taking the identical GED test more than one time, entering the testing room while the test is administrated, soliciting any sort of information from other students on essay topics or any other GED question, and any other misbehavior or misconduct to be determined by the Chief Examiner or the State Administrator.

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GED Information for Educators

There needs to a clear and distinct separation between GED® testing and the instruction for students to get optimally prepared for the four GED tests. This is needed for the protection of the GED Tests’ integrity. This post is offering you a lot of information about the Kentucky GED test and aims to help adult education professionals with preparing students better for the latest version of the GED exam that was rolled out across the U.S. in January 2014.

In 2012, PearsonVUE, a major education publisher and test developer, joined forces with the American Council on Education (ACE) to develop a new Series of GED tests that would better suit the modern-day workplace and the requirements of institutions of higher education. The new GED exam was introduced nationwide in January, 2014., and is available only in a computerized format. There are now four sub-tests on the academic fields of Social Studies, Science, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts, and because the latest version of the GED exam is more challenging than the former edition, getting optimally prepared is crucial.

Students are required to create an account on the website of GED Testing Services, GED.com. Adult education providers may help students with this process, and one of the many advantages is that students cal learn their scores right away. No longer do they have to wait in anxiety for weeks. The new GED exam is modular,, meaning that students can take one of the four sub-tests (modules) at a time. Scores have a validity of two years.   Instructions and training videos for creating their own accounts at GED.com are available on the website of KYAE,

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