MONROE -- Days ago, it was announced Louisiana is joining seven other states in retiring the GED test in favor of the HiSET, or High School Equivalency Test.
Bottom line, education officials said the GED became too expensive and too divisive.
The decision to expel the GED from the state, according to Adult Education Directors at Louisiana Delta Community College, stems from the 2014 version of the GED going online-only.
"We felt like, as a state, that our citizens are not necessarily all ready to go to computer-based testing," LDCC Adult Education Program Director, Kaye Sharbono, said.
The HiSET will keep paper tests and with Northeast Louisiana regarded as one of the poorest regions in the state, educators said people need that accessibility.
"Many of our students, probably 50% of our students, are not ready to go computer-based for the high school tests," Sharbono said.
The new HiSET test takes off January 1st, 2014, but how does it stack up against the GED?
Is it just as credible?
Education officials said the HiSET is divided up into five similar areas: Language Arts Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies.
The biggest difference, educators said, is how they're going to teach students to prep for it.
"Teaching students to work in groups," said Sharbono. "We are teaching teamwork for students, so that they can go out. That was one of the biggest complaints for employers. 'You're sending us people that don't know how to work as a team.'"
A second phase of the test, lining up more with Common Core State Standards and college standards is set to kick in later in 2014.
Local education officials said they're even excited about this test, saying it stretches education past a single test.
"We are no longer done with them with their GED," Sharbono said. "We're going to get them into post-secondary or get them that promotion at work, if that's what they need."
There is one hurdle that local education officials said they'll still need to work out.
They told KTVE/KARD the registration process for HiSET is online-only itself.
We will keep you posted as this story develops.