Guest Blogger: Melanie
At the end of January, I was notified that GED Testing Services (GTS) was recommending a new scale for passing the GED and that they were also recommending the decision be retroactive to January 1, 2014. I was so excited- especially about the retroactive possibilities. Michigan finally published their decision in late February and approved the GTS recommendations!
There was one student in particular who really stood out. She is a mother to a 2 year-old and has been a participant at Steepletown for over a year. Often, as she was preparing for her GED tests, she would have to bring her young son with her to the GED lab. This student had taken her last test, Mathematical Reasoning, the morning of October 1, 2015 in anticipation for the graduation ceremony Steepletown was hosting that evening. Her score came back at 146, not passing at that time. Although she was sorely disappointed, she didn’t abandon her studies completely. She took some time to find a part-time job before the holidays and continued working on some math skills at home using Khan Academy and her GED Academy account. As she worked out childcare she was able to return to the GED lab on a more regular basis.
Once the score change was confirmed, I texted her twice and emailed her, without reply, before asking Emilio, our Youth Development Director, to knock on her door. Shortly after, as in minutes later, she was standing in the lab, surrounded by her peers, as we congratulated her and began discussing what was next. We were celebrating a few months late, but the sentiment was the same. We are so proud of her and genuinely hope the best for her and her young son.
We can’t wait to FINALLY host the graduation ceremony with her, as well as 4 other special GED graduates (maybe more!) and their families this Thursday, April 7th, 2016!