Curriculum Matters from Ed Week

The California Department of Education (CDE) has recently received a recommendation from General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS®) to lower the passing score for the General Educational Development (GED®) test. California state law (California Education Code Section 51420) requires that the California State Board of Education (SBE) establish the score a pupil must achieve to earn their California High School Equivalency Certificate, following a public hearing.

California has approved the use of three high school equivalency tests (GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™) for students 18 years old and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate.

For more information on the testing services in California, including an update External link opens in new window or tab from the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding the proposed GED passing score, please visit the CDE High School Equivalency Web site at External link opens in new window or tab .

Source: Ed Week External link opens in new window or tab, By Catherine Gewertz.(accessed on January 20, 2016)

Source: CDE High School Equivalency Web site memo (accessed on February 5, 2016) External link opens in new window or tab

On January 11, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a program memorandum, entitled Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in new window or tab. The program memorandum provides answers to frequently asked questions and clarifies statutory provisions related to the expanded use of integrated English literacy and civics education under Title II of WIOA.

Source: email from CDE AEO External link opens in new window or tab (accessed January 15, 2016).

CCAE Bay Section is hosting this year’s conference External link opens in new window or tab titled "Adult Education: The Bridge to College, Careers, and Communities". The program co-chairs, Gladys Kiefer and Tim Doyle say that “the theme proudly distinguishes our role and the impact adult educators make on a daily basis throughout our state. These past couple of years have been full of transition and change for California Adult Education, therefore we are putting together a conference filled with workshops, keynote speakers, and exhibitors that will significantly assist and equip us as we prepare our students to cross the bridge to college, careers, and communities.”

Online registration External link opens in new window or tab for the 2016 CCAE State Conference at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel on April 21-23, 2016 is now open!

Attend COABE/TALAE National Conference External link opens in new window or tab in Dallas titled “Bigger & Better in Texas, and collaborate with your colleagues from around the country in the lone star state! Learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from national level speakers. Twelve strands—comprised of more than 200 sessions—will be offered, providing valuable, state-of-the-art training that you will be able to bring back to your adult ed program! Join more than 1,400 conferees and enjoy numerous opportunities with your peers in adult education from around the country!

Online registration External link opens in new window or tab is now open for the 2016 COABE/TALAE National Conference in Dallas, Texas on April 10-13, 2016.

On December 17th, the Department of Labor announced the availability of $25,000,000 in grants under the Strengthening Working Families (SWF) Initiative. The Initiative will award up to $4,000,000 in funds to partnerships between the workforce development system, education providers (including community colleges, community based organizations, and tech boot camps), child care providers and employers.

More information available in the blog post by Katie Spiker.


National Skills Coalition blog post.2015. (accessed January 18th, 2016) External link opens in new window or tab