Cursive Is an Endangered Species

June 27, 2014 by

Over the past decade or so, something big has been happening in public schools throughout the United States: Instruction in cursive writing has all but disappeared, cut from curricula as schools bring more technology (and keyboarding) into the classroom. The new Common Core Standards for education omit training in cursive handwriting altogether. Even in the few schools where cursive is still taught, the subject is often covered in one year and writing in cursive is not required thereafter. Many young people entering college cannot write or read cursive. Indeed, many cannot even sign their name in traditional cursive.

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Pirates, cheats and IT certs Cheating is on the rise, but IT certification programs are fighting back.


Computerworld - It didn't take long for the test center proctor to realize something was amiss. One group of people clearly stood out from the rest of the candidates taking a popular IT certification exam. They sat rigidly in their chairs, hardly moving at all, and they proceeded through the questions at a pace of six items per minute, well above the norm of one to two questions per minute. All scored well above the minimum needed to pass the test.

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Adults Score Higher and Finish Faster on the GED Test in 2012


To get the new year off to a great start, we just completed a first-year analysis of the computer-based testing system and there is good news for prospective test-takers, testing professionals, and adult educators.

With more than 40,000 subject tests delivered across more than 35 states, the data shows that adults who take the GED® test on computer are passing at higher rates, finishing faster, and retesting at significantly higher numbers. We couldn't have hoped for better results in our quest to improve the testing experience for adult learners.

Key data from our analysis:
  • The failure rate of adults taking the test on computer is about half that of those taking the test on paper.
  •  Adults testing on computer were 59 percent more likely to retake a failed test instead of giving up and dropping out of the program.
  • On average, adults who tested on computer completed their exams an hour and a half faster than their paper-and-pencil contemporaries.

Given what we now know, we are offering a unique opportunity to encourage the one in five Americans without a high school diploma to try the test on computer. Through May 31, 2013 test-takers who begin their GED® test on computer will receive one free retake if they fail their first test. In addition, adults who tested previously on paper will be eligible for this offer if they live in a state where computer- and paper-based test scores can be combined. If you are interested, or know someone who needs to take the GED® test, you can find the full details of the new offer by visiting GEDtestingservice.com/secondshot.

Also, please feel free to share the national press release on these results with any media contacts that may be applicable, or refer them to CT Turner ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) our director of public affairs.


Nicole M. Chestang

Executive Vice

GED Testing


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