$3 Million Grant From MetLife Foundation
Grant to Fund Pilot Accelerated Learning Program for National GED® Test Preparation
A $3 million grant from MetLife Foundation to the American Council on Education’s (ACE) GED Testing Service marks the launch of the first stage of a national program—the GED 21st Century Initiative. The GED 21st Century Initiative features three high-impact outcomes: first, delivery of a new, more rigorous GED Test aligned with the Common Core State Standards that will certify college and career readiness; second, implementation of a national preparation program featuring customized instruction; and last, support for a transition network that connects test-takers to career and postsecondary opportunities. The work kicks off with a pilot program with New York City’s District 79 focused on Accelerated Learning, which offers GED candidates the best possibility of achieving measurable gains in math and reading performance no matter what proficiency levels they begin with.
The District 79 pilot program was announced today in New York City by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and the President and CEO of MetLife Foundation Dennis White, joined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. “More than 36 million Americans lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, and every year more than 1.3 million students drop out of high school,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “We must reach adult learners and help them achieve, in a reasonable amount of time, the credentials needed to move on to postsecondary education or training and ultimately to family-sustaining careers.”
“Our nation is making a commitment to define standards of college and career readiness, prepare all students to meet them, and regain international leadership in educational attainment,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We commend ACE and GED Testing Service for showing bold leadership in defining what’s needed to achieve those goals, including addressing the needs of the large and diverse population of adults who lack a high school diploma.”
ACE and GED Testing Service will begin implementation of the three-year pilot for New York City’s District 79 immediately with instruction slated to begin shortly. MDRC, a non-profit, nonpartisan education and social policy research firm, will serve as the evaluation partner in the pilot. For further information on the GED Testing Service and the District 79 pilot program, contact GED@ace.nche.edu.