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How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives

NPR Ed – Anya Kamenetz

“Getting a high school diploma is as good for health as quitting smoking. That’s the finding from a study released Wednesday by researchers…Similarly, 110,068 deaths could be avoided for that year if every adult who already had some college finished their bachelor’s degrees. And if everyone in the population got a bachelor’s degree, the total untimely deaths would be reduced by 554,525…The connection between education levels and health has been well-documented, and, this study found, it’s growing in recent generations.”(more)

New Version of GED Results in Plummeting Passing Rates

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“People across the country are struggling to pass the new version of the GED released this year, finding it to be harder than previous versions — and states are struggling to explain the massive drop in passing scores. The test is supposed to be one of the easiest examinations a person can take in the US. However, according to the most recent data from the GED Testing Service, there was a drop this year of almost 90% in the number of people who earned a GED across the country this year…The test was brought “up to date” and “relevant” this year in order to comply with the new Common Core standards used in most high schools nationwide. Test takers are now required to take the exam digitally and write more essays than ever before. The exam is now composed of five parts divided by subject area and involves more problem solving questions rather than multiple choice.”(more)