Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

December 3, 2013

Time ticks down for local GED site

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — The clock is truly ticking down for those wanting to get their high school diploma equivalency, or GED, at a testing site here in Pauls Valley set to soon close its doors.

Just one testing period in early December remains before the PV site closes down forcing those interested in getting their GED to seek out other places for the required testing.

Theola Jackson, who oversees the local GED testing site located on the Pauls Valley High School campus, said the approaching closure has motivated some to stop putting it off and sign up for the convenience of testing here in town.

“They’ve been getting after it and getting signed up for this last test date,” Jackson said about the Dec. 9-10 testing.

“There have been some people putting it off, so now they’re coming in and getting signed up,” she said. “Some have been scrambling to get that last test.

“It’s come down to the wire. Sometimes it takes a while for it to register because we’ve had this test site here for so many years.

“When these tests are over we’ll no longer have a center here, just alternative education.”

The big reason for the testing site’s approaching closure is the way the GED tests are given.

Starting next year the tests will no longer be given using paper. Instead it will be totally computerized, which forced the local site to close after 2013 because it’s unable to upgrade to the necessary computers.

“There will be absolutely no paper and pencil testing anymore,” she said about the testing starting in 2014.

Another change comes with the testing material itself.

The uniform GED tests in the various subjects are updated every decade to reflect new standards.

According to Jackson, the tests starting next year are based on a curriculum called Common Core, which she describes as more difficult and costly, maybe as much as double.

With just the one testing period remaining Jackson says another could be scheduled here if enough people get signed up soon.

“I would encourage anyone to contact us and get in as soon as possible.”

To get signed up for the last of the local GED testing call the center at 405-238-1233.

When the testing is over in Pauls Valley she says any local residents interested in getting their GED will need to go online to find the closest sites.

For now those sites look to be in Ada, Chickasha, Duncan, Lawton and Oklahoma City Community College.

Mid-America Technology Center in nearby Wayne does offer GED courses but no testing, Jackson added.