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Letter: Hope amid change

Re “GED test given a face-lift” (Monitor Nation & World section, Jan. 2):

While New Hampshire will not be offering the GED exam anymore, students will be able to work toward a high school equivalency certificate. Concord has two local programs that help adults achieve that goal. Adult Second Start provides Hi-SET (a new exam in New Hampshire) preparation courses and testing for adults. The Concord Regional Diploma Academy offers Hi-SET preparation programs for students still enrolled in public high school.

After reading the final paragraphs in the GED face-lift article, I felt overwhelmed even though I have graduated from high school and am aware of the changes thoughtfully implemented to assist adult learners pursue a Hi-SET certificate. I know how partial information can easily discourage some students from pursuing their goals.

Changes in the exam will ask our students to demonstrate competency in content areas, express their opinion through well-developed writing skills and use critical thinking skills. These skills better prepare them for future 21st- century classroom and career opportunities.

However, high school equivalency is not right for all students who have not completed high school – or are on a potential path of dropping out. For more than 30 years the Concord School District has supported those who have never completed high school – regardless of age or economic status – by offering an Adult Diploma Program. The Concord Regional Diploma Academy is ready to assist any adult interested in completing high school.

We know that adults who have been discouraged in the past are closer than they think in achieving that goal and look forward to helping them take the next step.

CAROL LUNDIN

Concord

(The writer is coordinator of the Concord Regional Diploma Academy)

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