- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A reduction in the score needed to pass the General Educational Development test means that 100 North Dakotans who did not succeed over the past two years will receive the credential.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1TlMqVh ) that the change announced earlier this year applies to test takers nationwide who now need a score of 145 out of 200 on each of four exams to pass. Previously, a 150 was required to obtain the certificate of high school equivalency.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction says the lower score threshold came after an 18-month analysis of test data in several states.

Officials say the version is more rigorous than previous ones, requiring students to demonstrate a depth of knowledge in social studies, science, reading, math and writing.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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