Release Date: September 9, 2004
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: (502) 573-1555, ext. 308
Contact: B.J. Helton
(502) 573-5113, ext. 102
(Frankfort, KY) Kentucky Adult Education, Council on Postsecondary Education, has scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 in Frankfort for comment on two recently proposed amendments to GED regulations.
The first amendment would raise the GED test fee by $10 to $40, marking the first increase since 1997. Kentucky's fee would still be $12 lower than the average fee charged by all states. Subtests would cost $10, up from $6, and the charge for duplicate diplomas would be $25. The charge will remain $5 for a duplicate GED transcript, which is required as proof of education by postsecondary institutions, employers and the military.
The second amendment would lower the GED testing eligibility age to conform to H.B. 178, recent legislation passed by the 2004 General Assembly. Students 16 years of age and officially withdrawn from school would be eligible to take the GED if the amendment takes affect.
The hearing is scheduled at the Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, in Frankfort. Individuals interested in being heard at the hearing must notify Kentucky Adult Education by Sept. 14 of their intent to attend by contacting Dr. B.J. Helton at (502) 573-5114, ext. 102. If no notification of intent to attend is received, the hearing may be cancelled. For individuals who cannot attend, written comments may be submitted until Oct. 1 by sending them to Helton at the mailing address or e-mail address above.
Kentucky's Postsecondary Education System encompasses nine public institutions and numerous independent institutions and represents 229,061 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni, and 275,108 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and for their families.