Bill S5365-2013

Changes the name of the general education development exam to the high school equivalency exam

Changes the name of the general education development exam to the high school equivalency exam.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 11, 2013: referred to education
  • Jun 11, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 11, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 10, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 5, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 4, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.1117
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO EDUCATION
  • Jun 4, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - Jun 4, 2013
Ayes (18): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Valesky, Martins, Latimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Stavisky, Tkaczyk
Ayes W/R (1): Montgomery

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5365

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, the public health law, the social services law and the correction law, in relation to high school equivalency exams

PURPOSE: To update various statutes to replace references to the proprietary GED with the more general high school equivalency exam to reflect current New York State Education Department practices.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends section 317 of the education law to replace general education development exam with high school equivalency exam.

Section 2: Amends subdivision 4 of section 2807-g of the public health law to replace general equivalency diploma with high school equivalency diploma.

Section 3: Amends clause (ii) of subparagraph 8 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law to replace general equivalency diploma with high school equivalency diploma.

Section 4: Amends subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law to replace general equivalency diploma with high school equivalency diploma.

Section 5: Amends subparagraph ii of paragraph (a-1) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of education law to replace general equivalency diploma with high school equivalency diploma.

Section 6: Amends paragraph (ii) of subdivision 5 of section 6301 of the education law to replace general equivalency diploma with high school equivalency diploma.

Section 7: Amends paragraph (k) of subdivision 1 of section 336 of the social services law to general equivalency with high school equivalency.

Section 8: Amends subdivision 19 of section 2 of the correction law to GED with high school equivalency exam.

Section 9: Amends subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 803 of the correction law to replace general equivalency diploma with high school equivalency diploma.

Section 10: Amends subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 803 of the correction law to replace general equivalency diploma with high school equivalency diploma.

Section 11: Sets forth the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: None.

JUSTIFICATION: The legislature supports the efforts of the Board of Regents in developing a rich educational system that provides multiple pathways to graduation, college, and career. An integral component of

this goal, is the pathway to a High School Equivalency Diploma. The Regulations of the Commissioner of Education establish the standards for issuing a High School Equivalency Diploma in New York State. In 20011, 226,000 New Yorkers passed the GED and were entitled to receive a High School Equivalency Diploma.

For many years, the only assessment-based pathway to obtaining a High School Equivalency Diploma was the successful passage of the general educational development exam (GED), Because providing this alternate pathway to a diploma is recognized as an important priority for the state, as the New York State Education Department subsidized exam, the GEDù exam is offered to New York residents at no cost. However, on January 1, 2014 the GED will no longer be the state subsidized high school equivalency exam.

Over the years, the because it was the only exam subsidized by the state, the GED became synonymous with the New York State high school equivalency exam. This legislation is necessary to make the requisite changes to properly reflect the statute and regulations by removing the proprietary name from statute and replacing, it with the more general term of high school equivalency, This change is reflected in both the 2013-2014 Executive Budget appropriate bill, as well as New York State Education Regulations. This bill is intended to follow suit and remove all references to the proprietary name from statute and replace it with the currently used, more general term of high school equivalency exam. This bill is necessary to ensure a seamless transition away from the GED to the newly selected high school equivalency exam, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) offered by CTB/McGraw Hill.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on January 1, 2014.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5365 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, the public health law, the social services law and the correction law, in relation to high school equiv- alency exams THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 317 of the education law, as added by chapter 170 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: S 317. [General education development] HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY exam. Notwithstanding any provision of law, no fee shall be established for admission to the [general education development] HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY exam. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 2807-g of the public health law, as added by chapter 1 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows: 4. Eligible programs shall include programs which provide one or more of the following services in connection with training an eligible worker to: (i) obtain a new position, (ii) continue to meet the requirements of an existing position, or (iii) otherwise meet the requirements of the changing health care industry: (a) assessments to help determine train- ing needs; (b) remediation, including preparation in English for speak- ers or writers of other languages, instruction in basic reading or math- ematics, or completion of requirements for a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma [(GED)]; (c) basic skills development; (d) reorien- tation; and (e) skills and educational enhancement, including, where appropriate, the provision of college level or college degree course work. To the extent that an eligible program is providing services to train eligible workers to obtain a new position or to continue to meet the requirements of an existing position only, reimbursement shall also be available to an eligible organization for the actual cost of any employment or employment-related expenses incurred by the eligible
organization in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of such employees while they are engaged in such training programs. S 3. Clause (ii) of subparagraph 8 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law, as added by chapter 327 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: (ii) attended an approved New York state program for [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma exam preparation, received a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state and applied for attendance at an institution or educational unit of the state university within five years of receiving a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state; or S 4. Subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law, as amended by chapter 327 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: (ii) attended an approved New York state program for [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma exam preparation, received a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state and applied for attendance at an institution or educational unit of the city university within five years of receiving a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state; or S 5. Subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a-1) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law, as amended by chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (ii) attended an approved New York state program for [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma exam preparation, received a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state and applied for attendance at an institution or educational unit of the city university within five years of receiving a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state; or S 6. Paragraph (ii) of subdivision 5 of section 6301 of the education law, as amended by chapter 327 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: (ii) attended an approved New York state program for [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma exam preparation, received a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state and applied for attendance at an institution or educational unit of the state university within five years of receiving a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma issued within New York state; or S 7. Paragraph (k) of subdivision 1 of section 336 of the social services law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: (k) satisfactory attendance at secondary school or a course of study leading to a certificate of [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency in the case of a recipient who has not completed secondary school or received such certificate; S 8. Subdivision 19 of section 2 of the correction law, as amended by chapter 63 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: 19. "Vocational and skills training facility" means a correctional facility designated by the commissioner to provide a vocational and skills training program ("VAST") to inmates who need such service before they participate in a work release program. The VAST facility shall provide intensive assessment, counseling, job search assistance and where appropriate academic and vocational instruction to program partic- ipants. Such assistance may include an assessment of any inmate's educa- tion attainment level and skills aptitudes; career counseling and explo- ration; the development of a comprehensive instructional plan including
identification of educational and training needs that may extend beyond the date of entry into work release; instructional programs including [GED] HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY EXAM preparation or post-secondary instruction as appropriate; occupational skills training; life skills training; employment readiness including workplace behavior; and job search assistance. The department and the department of labor shall jointly develop activities providing career counseling, job search assistance, and job placement services for participants. Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to modify the eligibility requirements provided by law applicable to inmates participating in a work release program. S 9. The opening paragraph of subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 803 of the correction law, as added by section 7 of chapter 738 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows: Such merit time allowance may be granted when an inmate successfully participates in the work and treatment program assigned pursuant to section eight hundred five of this article and when such inmate obtains a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma, an alcohol and substance abuse treatment certificate, a vocational trade certificate following at least six months of vocational programming or performs at least four hundred hours of service as part of a community work crew. S 10. The opening paragraph of subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 803 of the correction law, as added by section 10-a of chapter 738 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows: Such merit time allowance may be granted when an inmate successfully participates in the work and treatment program assigned pursuant to section eight hundred five of this article and when such inmate obtains a [general] HIGH SCHOOL equivalency diploma, an alcohol and substance abuse treatment certificate, a vocational trade certificate following at least six months of vocational programming or performs at least four hundred hours of service as part of a community work crew. S 11. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014; provided, however, that section four of this act shall take effect on the same date as the reversion of paragraph (a) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law as provided in section 16 of chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, as amended; provided further that the amendments to paragraph (a-1) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law made by section five of this act shall not affect the expiration of such para- graph and shall expire and be deemed repealed therewith; and provided further that the amendments to subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 803 of the correction law made by section nine of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section and shall expire and be deemed repealed therewith, when upon such date the provisions of section ten of this act shall take effect.

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