This brief offers a two-track approach to ensuring that low-income adults maintain access to, and success in attaining, a secondary credential. First we provide an overview of the GED test and a primer outlining the changes that will be made for 2014 and offer ways states can prepare for them. Next we describe alternatives to attaining a high school equivalency diploma (HSED) that states may want to provide. The HSED overview is based on an analysis done by the Center for Law and Social Policy, with descriptions of secondary equivalency programs that are already in place in some states and are worthy of consideration. The brief then summarizes actions states need to take to ensure that those with the most need and least resources, low-income adults, are not shut out of the education system.
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