2024 Gala
Reforming New York’s GED System

Event - September 2011

Reforming New York’s GED System

While there is widespread support in New York State and City for raising GED pass rates and increasing the number of people who are well-prepared to take the test, the means by which we achieve these improvements is disputed among officials, policymakers, program operators and academics. This panel will bring together leading state and city education officials with policy experts and community-based practitioners to discuss which GED reforms make the most sense and how to achieve them in practice. The panelists will examine which programs are models that could be built upon, anticipated changes to the GED test, whether New York should charge a fee for test takers, the benefits and costs of the official practice test, availability and quality of preparatory instruction, and how to ensure that more GED attainers go on to college.

Tags: economic opportunity workforce development human capital ged

Monday, September 19th 2011, 8:30 am to 11:00 am
The New School
Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor (between 5th and 6th aves)
New York, NY 10011


• Nicole Chestang, Executive Director, GED Testing Service
• Dr. Dorita Gibson, Deputy Chancellor for Equity and Access, New York City Department of Education
• Derrick Griffith, Executive Director, Groundwork Inc.
• Kevin Smith, Deputy Commissioner for Adult Career and Continuing Education Services, New York State Education Department
• Lazar Treschan, Director, Youth Policy, Policy Advocacy and Strategic Planning Department, Community Service Society

ModeratorJonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future