P.O. BOX 2120
September 28, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Expanded General Educational Development (GED) Testing Services

The Department of Education announces the availability of $112,000 to expand General Educational Development (GED) testing centers or satellite sites. The number of adults and youth examinees taking the GED Tests has increased in the last two years and some testing centers cannot meet the demand for services.

GED expansion grants will be awarded to school divisions for reimbursement of expenditures for one of the following activities:

  1. to establish a new GED testing center in a school division that does not provide GED testing, or
  2. to expand testing services at current sites and increase the number of examinees being served.
Grant funds may be used to purchase GED test batteries, to pay test examiners’ wages and benefits, or for other costs associated with establishing or expanding GED testing centers or satellite sites.

School divisions may apply for a maximum of $7,500 to establish a new testing center or to establish satellite testing sites in localities that are not being served. School divisions may apply for a maximum of $5,000 to expand a GED testing center for the purpose of increasing the number of examinees. Two or more divisions may work together under a memorandum of agreement and request up to the maximum amount of funding for each division. One school division shall serve as fiscal agent for a regional center.

Applications for expanded GED testing services funds must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. on November 7, 2001. The application packet may be mailed or delivered to the following addresses:

Hand Delivery
Dr. Yvonne Thayer, Director
Office of Adult Education & Literacy
21st Floor, James Monroe Building
Virginia Department of Education

Postal Address
Dr. Yvonne Thayer, Director
Office of Adult Education & Literacy
101 North 14th Street P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23219 Richmond, VA 23218-2120

To receive information about establishing a testing center or for further information about this grant program, contact Bob MacGillivrary (mailto:, adult secondary specialist, at (804) 371-2333. Questions regarding the budget may be directed to Becky Marable (, grants manager, at (804) 225-2850.