Ohio House Bill 59, the state’s current biennium budget bill, outlines career-technical planning district (CTPD) responsibilities related to guaranteeing that first-time General Educational Development (GED®) test takers will not have to pay any additional money when costs for the new computer-based version triple in 2014. Information about the test and requirements is provided in an Ohio Department of Education press release issued Aug. 6, 2013.
Specific requirements about the CTPD role are in HB Line item number 200550. These include:
* Each CTPD shall reimburse individuals taking the online GED® test for the first time for application/test fees in excess of $40.
* Up to $2 million is provided in each fiscal year to pay Ohio’s CTPDs for the amounts reimbursed to students.
* Each CTPD shall designate a site or sites where individuals may register and take the exam.
* For each individual that registers for the exam, the CTPD shall make available and offer career counseling services, including information on adult education programs that are available.
Further information about this portion of HB59 can be obtained from Jamie Nash, associate director, Office of Career-Technical Education, at Jamie.Nash@education.ohio.gov.