Two years after the GED high school equivalency exam became harder to pass, Washington state is again making it easier. The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges announced Tuesday that it’s retroactively lowering the passing score by five points, to 145.
That means that anyone who fell just shy of passing the GED since the test was revamped in 2014 will now get their certificates
In the years since the GED Testing Service made the test more difficult in order to align with the Common Core State Standards, studies show that in some states, college students who passed the new test are outperforming high school graduates.
Washington state is following the testmaker’s recommendations to states to lower the passing score to more closely reflect a high school education.
That means about one thousand people in this state will retroactively pass at least one GED test.
If they passed all four tests, they will receive their GED certificates March 1.