Senate OKs use of alternative GED test

The Senate on Friday unanimously approved a bill to allow New Mexico to use alternatives to the General Educational Development, or GED, test for high school equivalency.

It removes the specific references in state law to the GED and replaces them with “high school equivalency credential.”

“GED” is a registered trademark for a test administered as a joint venture between Pearson, a global education and testing company, and the American Council on Education.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, said that having references to GED in state law ties the state to using the specific test, and that the Public Education Department should be able to use other companies that offer tests that are more accessible and less expensive.

A similar bill passed last year but was pocket-vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez, who objected to some of the wording. That was resolved and the administration supports it this year.

Kernan’s Senate Bill 44 now goes to the House.

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