A change in the testing and scoring process has made way for several former state prison inmates to receive a GED.
In May 2012, the state Workforce Development Council approved a scoring realignment to the General Educational Development test. The change modified the passing subtest score minimum from 450 to 410.
The new passing scores were also made retroactive to July 1, 2009 making several inmates who were already released from prison eligible to receive a GED.
Inmates entering the state prison system who lack a high school diploma are required to work toward completing their GED while incarcerated. According to the Department of Corrections, a total of 167 state prison inmates completed their GED degrees between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. The Department reported 299 inmates were attending GED preparation classes at the end of June 2012.
According to the South Dakota Department of Corrections, the test and scoring change brought South Dakota's requirements in line with 48 other states.
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