Superintendent's Memo #177-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 24, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Fee Increases for General Educational Development (GED) Testing

This memorandum is to notify you of test-taker fee increases for GED testing in the Commonwealth of Virginia that will take effect July 1, 2011.  Please be advised effective July 1, 2011, the fee charged to GED test takers who take the full battery of tests at an approved Virginia GED testing center will increase from the current $45.00 to $58.00.  Partial tests and retests will cost $10.00 per test, an increase from the current $7.00.

This difficult decision has been made in consultation with the Board of Education, the Board’s Advisory Committee on Adult Education and Literacy, and staff in the Office of Adult Education and Literacy (OAEL).  Increases in the costs charged by the vendors of the testing materials and the scoring service make this fee increase necessary.  The five-year contract between VDOE and NRSPro, the test-scoring vendor, expires June 30, 2011.  Under the newly negotiated contract, NRSPro raised their price for test scoring from $4.85 to $14.95 per test, effective July 1, 2011.  In addition, the GED Testing Service is raising their prices for test battery rentals and first-time test-taker fees, effective January 1, 2012.

The Board’s advisory committee recommended that a single, statewide fee increase in July would be less confusing to our examinees and to the GED Testing Centers than raising the fee twice during the program year.  This increase to $58.00 passes only the raw vendor cost increases along to the test takers.

Please know that I understand the impact this fee increase will have on your testing program and examinees.  Once the fiscal year 2012 Race to GED and Expanded GED grant awards are released, you may need to submit budget amendments to OAEL to reallocate funds based on this new information.

Thank you for all you do to support GED testing in the Commonwealth.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Randall Stamper, director of the Office of Adult Education and Literacy, via e-mail at Randall.Stamper@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at
(804) 225-2053.

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