State lawmaker proposes GED alternative

Published 03/21 2014 06:13PM

Updated 03/21 2014 10:28PM

NORMAL - A bill in Springfield could give students in Illinois a more affordable way to get an equivalency degree.

The GED went electronic in Jan. and the cost more than doubled.

This proposal would allow the state to look for other affordable tests. Because of the higher GED costs now, many students split up the test, taking only one or two parts at a time.

Heartland Community College is the only site for testing in McLean County. The school says it's open to alternatives.

"At the end of the day, if there's a better alternative for the students, something that's a little bit more affordable for them,” said Jill Blair, Director of Adult Education. “those are changes that we're willing to make and should make.”

Illinois is not the only state facing this issue. Eleven states have started using the HISAT test as an alternative.

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