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High School--GED (General Education Development)


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State Status/Date Level Summary
FLTo governor 04/2014P-12High School Equivalency Diploma
S.B. 940
Amending provisions to conform to the directive of the Legislature to the Division of Law Revision and Information in section 38 of chapter 2013-51, Laws of Florida, to change the terms "General Educational Development test" or "GED test" to "high school equiv...

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COTo governor 03/2014P-12GED Or High School Equivalency Examinations
S.B. 58
Changes the term "general equivalency diploma" or "GED" to "high school equivalency examination" throughout statute.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2014a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/4CFA22A1D50DF8A487257C300006BD76?open&file=058_enr.pdf...

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NMSigned into law 03/2014P-12High School Equivelancy Credentials
S.B. 44
Changes references to "general education diploma," "general equivalency diploma," "general education development certificate," "certificate of general equivalency," "graduate equivalent diploma," "GED certificate," "high school equivalency diploma," "certifica...

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VASigned into law 02/2014P-12Renaming GED to High School Equivalency Examinations
H.B. 1007
Replaces references throughout the Code to a General Education Development (GED) program or test with "a high school equivalency examination approved by the Board of Education."
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB1007ER+pdf....

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MSSigned into law 02/2014P-12GED
H.B. 426
Changes references to "General Education Development" (GED) in state law to "high school equivalency diploma."
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2014/pdf/HB/0400-0499/HB0426SG.pdf...

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KYAdopted 01/2014P-12GED Eligibility Requirements
13 KAR 3:050
KRS 164.0234(1) requires the Kentucky Adult Education Program to promulgate necessary administrative regulations and administer a statewide adult education and literacy system throughout the state. KRS 164.0064(1)(a) requires that a high school equivalency dip...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Literacy Programs in State Prisons
A.B. 494
From bill summary: Requires the department of corrections and rehabilitation to implement literacy programs that are designed to ensure that upon parole inmates are able to achieve specified goals. Requires the department to prepare an implementation plan and ...

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NHSigned into law 07/2013P-12High School Equivalency
S.B. 97
Replaces references to the GED certificate with "high school equivalency." Repeals a provision requiring persons between 16 and 18 years of age who cannot read and speak English to attend a special day school or evening school.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Special Student Recovery Program
S.B. 119
Permits the commissioner of education to require El Paso Independent School District to operate a special student recovery program under specified circumstances. Requires the program to offer specified services, including services designed to enable students t...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12High School Equivalency Exam
H.B. 2058
From fiscal note: Allows any person at least 16 years of age to take the high school equivalency examination if that person was required to do so under court order. Repeals the current provision requiring the court order to be related to failure to attend scho...

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MESIGNED 06/2013P-12High School Equivalency Exam
S.P. 174
Requests the Department of Education to undertake a thorough study of all options for the administration of a high school equivalency examination, including those offered by competing vendors and an analysis of the implementation costs that would be required t...

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12Alternative High School Diplomas
A.B. 288
Removes references to the General Education Development [GED] test. Requires the state board of education to select a high school equivalency assessment. Provides for the recognition of this future assessment in state statute. Eliminates the high school profic...

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VTto governor 06/2013P-12Flexible Pathways to Secondary School Completion
S. 130
Provides state-funded dual enrollment, expansion of Early College programs, expansion of work-based learning, virtual/blended learning. Requires personal learning plans for all students by 7th grade. The definitions section should be of particular interest to ...

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NESigned into law 06/2013P-12Diploma of High School Equivalency Assistance Act
L.B. 366
From the Fiscal Note: LB 366 is the Diploma of High School Equivalency Assistance Act. The bill provides intent language that $750,000 of general funds be appropriated as state aid in FY2013-14 and FY2014-15 to provide assistance to institutions which offer hi...

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TNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Tennessee Alternative Diploma
S.B. 105
Requires the department of labor and workforce development and the board of education to design, develop and implement a test aligned with the Common Core State Standards and accompanying education reforms that shall, upon its successful passage, result in the...

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AZSigned into law 05/2013P-12Convenience Fees; Replaces GED References
H.B. 2071
Allows the department of education to impose a convenience fee on a per transaction basis for credit card, debit card or other means of electronic payment transactions when collecting other authorized fees; specifies that the department must continue to accept...

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COSigned into law 04/2013P-12Student ID Number For Adult Education Programs
S.B. 71
Directs an education data subcommittee to identify a method for assigning a unique student identifier to each person enrolled in an adult basic education program or high school general equivalency diploma program, for purposes of interagency data-sharing. http...

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WASigned into law 04/2013P-12High School Equivalency Certificates.
H.B. 1686
Amends existing code to replace the general education development test with the high school equivelancy certificate, which is a certificate issued jointly by the college board and the office of the superintendent of public instruction that indicates that the h...

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NMVetoed 04/2013P-12Replace GED Terms with Equivelancy Diploma
S.B. 183
Replaces in statute the terms "General Education Diploma," "General Equivalency Diploma," "General Educational Development Certificate," and "GED" with the term "High School Equivalency Diploma."
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/13%20Regular/final/SB0183.pdf
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MTAdopted 03/2013P-12High School Level Tests of General Education Development (GED)
ARM 10.66.110-118
Repeals and replaces provisions relating to high school level tests of general education development (GED). Modifies qualifications of candidates: (1)  not currently enrolled in school or have received an accredited high school diploma or high school equivalen...

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RIAdopted 03/2013P-12The Rhode Island High School Equivalency Program
RI ADC 21-2-63:1-10
Adopts comprehensive High School Equivalency Program Regulations. The purpose of these regulations is to enable Rhode Island adults and out-of-school youth to gain personal satisfaction, career opportunities, and increased academic possibilities by earning a h...

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WVSigned into law 04/2012P-12Study of GED Issues
S.B. 646
Requires the State Board of Education to study GED issues, especially increasing costs and access to internet and other technology, and make a report with recommendations by a certain date.http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2012_SESSIONS/RS/pdf_bills/...

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TXAdopted 12/2011P-12Certificate of High School Equivalency
19 TAC 89.41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48
Makes various changes to provisions regarding administration of the Texas certificate of high school equivalency, in accordance with 2011 S.B. 1094 (which calls for opportunity for online adminstration), requirements set forth by the American Council on Educat...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12Option for 17-Year-Olds to Be Eligible to Sit for GED
S.B. 461
Adds being at least 17 years of age, having accumulated fewer than 100 units of high school credit before enrollment in the academic program of a dropout recovery high school, and successfully completing the academic program of a dropout recovery high school, ...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Permission to Take GED
H.B. 153 - Permission to Take GED
Requires a person who is at least 16 but under the age of 19 who is applying to the department to take the tests of general education development to submit with the application written approval from the superintendent of the school district in which the person...

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LASigned into law 06/2011P-12Compulsory Attendance and GED
H.B. 95
Indicates that a child who is at least seventeen years of age and who, after successfully completing a program established by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, has been issued a Louisiana high school equivalency diploma in accordance with ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Online High School Equivalency Exams
S.B. 1094
Directs the state board to adopt rules to provide for online administration of high school equivalency exams. Requires that the rules provide a procedure for verifying the identity of the person taking the exam, and prohibit a minor from taking the exam online...

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MSSigned into law 03/2011P-12Dropout Status of GED Students
H.B. 639
Clarifies that a student participating in a General Educational Development option program under a school district agreement with a community college or other local entity may not be deemed a dropout for funding purposes.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/docum...

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GASigned into law 05/2010Postsec.HOPE GED Voucher
S.B. 341
Rewrites Section 20-3-519.6 relating to HOPE GED vouchers. Previous legislation awarded a one-time $500 voucher to each student earning a GED, with the voucher valid at any eligible postsecondary institution in the state for 24 months from the date of issuance...

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MSSigned into law 03/2010P-12GED Program Entrance Requirements
H.B. 629
Revises the GED program entrance requirements for students who are at least one full grade level behind his or her ninth grade cohort. Requires those students enrolled in certain subject area courses to take the end-of-course subject area tests for those cours...

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UTAdopted 07/2009P-12GED
R277-702
Replaces references to "Utah General Educational Development Certificate" with "Utah High School Completion Diploma". Defines "out-of-school youth" as an individual age 16-19 whose high school class has not graduated and who is no longer enrolled in a K-12 pro...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Increasing Workforce in High-Demand and "Green" Occupations
H.B. 1935 and H.B. 3, Section 64
Establishes the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program and fund to award grants to public junior colleges and public technical institutes, and to eligible nonprofit organizations to:
(1) Develop or support nonprofit organizations' programs that pre...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Job Corps Diploma Programs Ratings
H.B. 3 - Section 20
Authorizes the commissioner to develop a system of distinction designations consistent with those developed for purposes of accreditation sanctions to be used in assigning distinction designations to Job Corps diploma programs. Pages 22-23 of 180: http://www.l...

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LAAdopted 10/2008P-12Pre-GED/Skills Option Program
LAC 28:CXV.2907
Amends rules relating to the PreGED and Skills Option Programs and spells out requirements for districts.
http://doa.louisiana.gov/osr/lac/28v115/28v115.doc...

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FLAdopted 09/2008P-12GED Testing Fees
FAC 6A-6.021
Amends rule to review the General Educational Development (GED) testing fees to recommend an increase in the testing fees so that the Department of Education, as well as local testing centers, can operate with a minimal deficit due to increasing operating cost...

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MDSigned into law 04/2008P-12Information on GED and Obtaining High School Diploma
H.B. 953; S.B. 264
Requires representatives of local boards of education to provide information concerning alternative education programs and GED program requirements and testing locations to each individual who no longer attends a public high school in the county and has not ob...

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WVSigned into law 03/2008P-12State Subsidized GED Testing Fee for Eligible Students
H.B. 4477
Directs the state board of education to develop and administer a program to provide the GED exam fee for eligible students....

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LASigned into law 02/2008P-12GED Testing Program
LAC 67:III.5595
The Department of Social Services, Office of Family Support establishes the GED Testing Program as a new TANF Initiative. Pursuant to Act 18 of the 2007 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, the agency is adopting the GED Testing Program to support and...

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UTAdopted 01/2008P-12Adult Education Programs
R277-733
Defines "adult basic education," "adult education," "GED," "measurable outcomes." Establishes clearer fiscal standards and practices for adult education programs. Adds a new section focusing adult education funds on student outcomes and student mastery. http:/...

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ILSigned into law 09/2007P-12GED Testing Program
S.B. 853
Provides with respect to the high school equivalency testing program, that an individual is eligible to apply if he or she is 17 years of age or older and is not a high school graduate, or has enrolled in a youth education program sponsored by the Illinois Nat...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12GED
S.B. 1391
Provides that when the subject of a parole or mandatory supervised release is in compliance with all conditions of his or her parole or mandatory supervised release, the subject shall receive a reduction of the period of his or her parole or mandatory supervis...

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LASigned into law 06/2007P-12Project Return Post-Release Skills Program for Recently Released Offenders
S.B. 308
Authorizes the department of labor to establish or to contract with service providers or community service organizations to establish a comprehensive project return post-release skills program for recently released offenders. Establishes the goals and objectiv...

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INSigned into law 05/2007P-12
Postsec.
21st Century Scholars Program Expansion, Graduation
H.B. 1647
Expands eligibility for the 21st Century Scholars program to grade 7 students, and beginning with the 2008-09 school year, to grade 6 students. Provides that an individual must be at least 18 or have withdrawn from school to receive a GED diploma. Modifies the...

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VASigned into law 03/2007P-12Online Corrections Education
H.B. 3191
Allows the Board of Correctional Education to develop programs to provide restricted Internet access to online secondary education or adult education and literacy programs leading to a diploma or the General Education Development (GED) program and testing. htt...

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MDAdopted 02/2007P-12Alternative Ways to Earn a High School Diploma
COMAR 13A.03.03.01
Ensures state alignment with national policies of the American Council on Education and consistency within the operations of the Maryland State Department of Education. Extends eligibility to students who obtained a Maryland High School Certificate of Program ...

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LASigned into law 06/2006P-12
Community College
Early College/Dual Enrollment
S.B. 749
Requires and provides incentives for high schools and postsecondary institutions to maximize the shared use of facilities, technology, faculty, and other resources to provide articulated and reciprocal technical training to high school students and recent high...

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TNSigned into law 06/2006P-12
Postsec.
HOPE Scholarship for GED Students
S.B. 2981
Relates to lottery scholarships and grants; provides that a student that is eligible for a HOPE scholarship upon graduation from high school, completion of high school in a home school or obtaining a GED but instead enrolls in a technology center and receives ...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12High School
S.B. 2272 - Section 1-4
Directs school districts and nonpublic accredited schools to report graduation rates using the definition of graduation rate specified by the National Governors Association (NGA). Also directs districts and accredited nonpublic schools to report the following:...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12
Community College
Reporting GED Students
S.B. 2272 - Section 8
Requires board of directors of each community college to request that a student pursuing or receiving a high school equivalency diploma provide to the community college the student's school district of residence and the last year the student was enrolled in th...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12GED Test Areas
S.B. 2272 - Section 29
Modifies subject areas covered in tests for high school equivalency diploma. States that equivalency diploma tests must cover reading, the arts, language arts, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.
http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default...

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ILSigned into law 05/2006P-12GED Incentives
S.B. 2320
Eliminates the provision that the additional good conduct credit awarded to a prisoner who passes the high school level Test of General Educational Development (GED) while the prisoner is incarcerated applies only if the prisoner receives a GED certificate. Pr...

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VASigned into law 03/2006P-12Earning a GED
H.B. 347
Allows participation in a general educational development program by court order; excludes from the compulsory school attendance requirements any child who has obtained a GED certificate; adds to the list of those persons who may participate in the GED testing...

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NYSigned into law 09/2005P-12Diplomas for war veterans
S.B. 2714
Authorizes the commissioner of education to implement a program for all war veterans to earn high school diplomas based on knowledge and experience gainedwhile in service if such veterans were unable to do so for any reason. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn...

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ILVetoed 08/2005P-12GED Incentive Program for Prisoners
S.B. 326
Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the rules and regulations for the early release of a prisoner on account of good conduct shall also provide that an additional 60 days of good conduct credit shall be awarded to any prisoner who passes the ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2005P-12
Community College
GED Testing
S.B. 463
Transfers all powers and duties of the State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Education with regard to high school equivalency testing under the School Code to the Illinois Community College Board. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fullt...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12High School Equivalency Diplomas
H.B. 2051
Authorizes the state board to establish and collect fees for the issuance and reissuance of general equivalency diplomas and general equivalency transcripts. Requires the state board to establish policies on fee waivers for such.
http://www.azleg.state.az.us/...

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MSSigned into law 03/2005P-12General Educational Developmental Test
S.B. 2277
General Educational Developmental Test (GED) security procedures; criminal penalties for violations of.

1)  It is unlawful for anyone knowingly and willfully to do any of the following acts regarding the General Education Development Test (GED):
          (a)...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Prison Education Reform Act
A.B. 1914
Establishes the Prison Education Reform Act. Changes the position of Superintendent of Correctional Education to the Deputy Director of Correctional Education, to report directly to the Director of Corrections. Requires deputy director to oversee and administe...

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FLSigned into law 06/2004P-12Juvenile Justice Education
H.B. 1989
Relates to juvenile justice education; increases percentage of Florida Education Finance Program funding generated by students in juvenile justice programs which must be spent on instructional costs; requires school districts to provide GED exit option for suc...

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KYSigned into law 04/2004P-12Student Dropouts
H.B. 178
Amends KRS 158.145 to require that all students who drop out of school be counted in the annual state dropout index. Amends KRS 158.6455 to specify that a student must be included in a school's annual average dropout rate if the student was enrolled in the sc...

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MSRule Adoption 01/2004P-12GED State Policy
(Uncodified)
Amends rules concerning GED State Policy, with regard to, minimum requirements and eligibility for testing. MISSISSIPPI REG 9040 (SN)...

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Family Resource Center Curriculum Blue Ribbon Study Committee
H.B. 4401 (multiple provisions)
Sec. 107a. (1) The family resource center curriculum blue ribbon study committee is established to explore and make
recommendations on implementing a new integrated system of delivering adult education and related family services
beginning with the 2004-2005 s...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12General Educational Development
H.B. 1464
Relates to the general educational development examination; relates to the testing age for persons not enrolled in public school and not otherwise meeting compulsory attendance requirements; directs the board of education to develop a special high school diplo...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Standard High School Diploma to Certain GED Recipients
S.B. 20E
Mandates the state board to adopt rules permitting any GED recipient who meets certain criteria to be awarded a standard high school diploma. See bill section 133, page 365, line 3 ff: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/session/2002E/Senate/bills/billtext/pdf/s00...

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MDSigned into law 04/2002P-12Need- and Performance-Based Adult Education Grants
S.B. 737
Requires the department of education to distribute need- and performance-based grants for adult education. Adult education and -literacy grant funds under this program may be used for GED instruction, the Maryland Adult External High School Program, ESL, fami...

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MSSigned into law 04/2002P-12Duties of Board in GED Program Administration
S.B. 2626
Clarifies the duties of the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges in the administration of General Educational Development (GED) Testing Program....

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