A measure allowing high school testing companies other than GED Testing Services to operate in the state is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. Lawmakers say a recent GED price increase from $50 to $120 strains low-income test takers and changing the law could drive down costs. The proposal aims to open up competition by substituting ``GED'' with ``high school equivalency tests'' in the current law. New tests would still need to pass the state's education standards for approval. Kari Docherty is a GED examiner in Jefferson and Hamilton counties. She tells WSIL-TV the state could run into problems if the rest of the country still only uses the GED program. The bill passed the House and now moves to the Senate.
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