senate Bill S5365

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Jun 12, 2014 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 11, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1329
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 13, 2014 reported and committed to education
Jan 08, 2014 referred to new york city education subcommittee
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 11, 2013 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 10, 2013 advanced to third reading
Jun 05, 2013 2nd report cal.
Jun 04, 2013 1st report cal.1117
reported and committed to education
committee discharged and committed to new york city education subcommittee
May 16, 2013 referred to education

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Jun 11, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

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Absent
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May 13, 2014 - New York City Education Subcommittee committee Vote

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Absent
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New York City Education Subcommittee Committee Vote: May 13, 2014

Jun 4, 2013 - New York City Education Subcommittee committee Vote

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New York City Education Subcommittee Committee Vote: Jun 4, 2013

Jun 4, 2013 - Education committee Vote

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S5365 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§317, 355, 6206 & 6301, Ed L; amd §2807-g, Pub Health L; amd §336, Soc Serv L; amd §§2 & 803, Cor L

S5365 - Bill Texts

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

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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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5365

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10873-03-3

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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

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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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