State Board Opens Door To GED Alternatives

Coloradans who want to get their high school equivalency will soon have testing options beyond the GED.

The State Board of Education voted four to three on Thursday to open contract negotiations with vendors of three tests –the HiSET, TASC and GED.

The GED was updated in 2014, becoming much harder. Thousands fewer Coloradans have since taken and passed the computer-based test.

"I think we need options," said board member Debora Scheffel. "I think they need a paper-pencil option, we need paths and we don’t need one size fits all."

Supporters say more options mean more Coloradans can enter the workforce.