Commissioner’s Update – November 14, 2013

From the Maine DOE

There has recently been widespread national media coverage about the rush for test-takers to complete their GED before a new version of the high school equivalency exam is released in January and their previous scores are deleted.

That news has made some Mainers nervous, but they shouldn’t be.

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Testimonials like these from Mainers whose lives have been changed by earning their high school equivalency credential are part of a successful campaign from Maine DOE and FAME to encourage GED completion. | More

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