If you're an adult over the age of 40 who has dyslexia, chance are you were never formally identified while you were in school. There are many good reasons to get a GED:
- higher income
- higher job security
- more likely to be full-time employed
- able to pursue a college or other advanced degree
In one study, women with a GED were likely to earn over 94% more over their lifetime than those without. There are many free and low-cost options for tutoring and training to take the GED. In addition, some test takers may be eligible to have accommodations for the test like an audiotape of the test questions. Many community colleges have low cost or free GED test prep classes, also Pro-Literacy is one of the largest volunteer organizations helping adults with reading and prep for the GED. Literacy Linkshttp://www.lislelibrary.org/LLDliteracysites.htmhttp://adulted.about.com/od/gettingyourged/Get_Your_GED.htmhttp://www.waybuilder.net/free-ed/ged/connections/Math.asphttp://proliteracy.org/ How a GED helps: http://www.icphusa.org/PDF/reports/ICPH_PolicyBrief_HowaGEDIsaRealAdvantage.pdf
Here's some adult basic literacy resources that we'll be sharing with the tutors and students at the Tacoma Area Literacy Council.
Most adults over the age of 40 were never formally identified as having dyslexia, which may have complicated their education and work advancement. These adults are eligible for resources and accommodations in education and the workplace. If they are applying for a GED, they may be eligible for an audiotape of the test.
The link for adult basic literacy providers lists low cost or free resources to help with formal identification of an LD. Many community colleges will test students believed to have an LD. Hope this helps!
Interestingly, major American foundations have contributed millions of dollars to innovative delivery platforms such as Coursera and Udacity. As a result, millions have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with an average class size of about 50,000. Yet, according to a recent study by Katy Jordon, less than 10 percent of learners complete current MOOC courses, and the majority of completion rates are in the two to eight percent range. Does this sound like effective adult education? No higher education institution would be able to attract applicants if it posted attrition rates of 92 to 98 percent.
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"The test long used to demonstrate high school equivalency is getting an overhaul. Many educators agree it's time for an update, but the new GRE will be much more expensive and administered only on computers."
Many experts are recommending taking the GED now before the changes in 2014. The New GED will be 3x the price, require computer-based testing, and be more demanding in the areas of math. The new GED is also being revamped to include Common Core standards.
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