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Ten inmates in the Iowa State Penitentiary can now call themselves high school graduates following a ceremony Dec. 19.

Illinois Making Changes To GED

Jul 22, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation that will remove all references to the GED from Illinois law. It’s part of a much broader change in the education program for people who didn’t finish high school. 

This year the GED more than doubled in price, going from $50 to $120.

It also got a lot harder, based on the new, more rigorous Common Core education standards.

State GED administrator Jennifer Foster, with the Illinois Community College Board, says that’s led to a significant drop in the number of people taking GED tests.

Southeastern Community College is preparing for a spike in people trying to earn their high school equivalency diploma though the college.

Time is of the essence for Iowa residents currently working on their high school equivalency diplomas.