In March of 2009, the unemployment rate in East Tennessee was skyrocketing. And Melissa Nance’s phone was ringing off the hook.
As Executive Director of Knoxville’s Friends of Literacy, Nance works closely with Knox County Schools’ Adult Education Program to provide assistance for those East Tennesseans who may have dropped out of school and would now like to get a high school equivalency diploma.
Since 1942, the General Education Development (GED) exam has been a valuable tool for students who didn’t earn a traditional high school diploma. But recent changes in the administration of the exam have moved the state of Tennessee to offer an alternative.
The changes began in earnest when Pearson VUE, the company that administers the exam, announced the cost of the exam would increase in Tennessee from $75 to $120. More importantly, it would only be available on-line.