Kentucky McDonalds Campaign For GED, Test Changes Next Year
McDonald’s restaurants in over 50 Kentucky counties will encourage patrons who didn’t finish high school to complete their GEDs before the exam changes next year.
It’s been a decade since the GED Testing Service has changed the exam, which is considered equivalent to earning a high school diploma (through some question whether it’s as useful). Officials say thousands of Kentuckians have taken but not completed all five parts the test requires.
McDonald’s will now display information on tray liners reminding people of the GED. There will be five separate liners that have been designed for the campaign and they will provide Kentucky Adult Education’s toll-free number (1-800-928-7323) and Facebook address (www.facebook.com/KYAdultEducation) and encourage individuals to contact their local adult education center.
This is the eighth year the fast-food company has partnered with Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education.
Next year, the test will have more college-and-career ready components that reflect where many public education systems are heading. The cost of taking the exam will also double to $120.
All GED test takers in Kentucky are required to take a practice exam first. Exams that aren’t completed by December 18 will become void next year.
Here's some background on the initiative, provided by CPE: