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Provide a financial pathway for homeless students to take the GED exam, while ensuring they, too, have an investment in the process.

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The "Test Me, I'm Ready" Partnership Challenge

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School:
Dixie Hollins Adult Education Center  
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Adam Mayefsky 
 
Jennifer Harrington 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Adult Ed. 
Date:
February 19, 2014

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Anonymous - $8.00

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $311.60

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Goal

Provide a financial pathway for homeless students to take the GED exam, while ensuring they, too, have an investment in the process. 

 

What will be done with my students

Homeless adult education students at the Pinellas Hope transitional shelter often find themselves unable to afford the very GED exam that would greatly improve their economic outlook. In fact, the new 2014 test costs almost twice the amount of the previous version. However, it is no secret that test no-show rates, and even passing percentages, reflect the truth that something provided at no cost bears the risk of being perceived as lower priority than something someone invests in personally. Therefore, through this grant, we will challenge our students to not only prepare for the GED exam, but also share the investment of their quest for a diploma. Each of the four components of the test cost $32. When students are test-ready, they can declare "Test me, I'm ready!", and receive a voucher in the amount of half the cost of each component ($16), leaving them with the responsibility to save and set aside the other $16. Once they pass their first section, they will be entitled to enter the challenge up to 3 more times for the remaining sections, receiving up to a total of $64 in exam fee assistance. Four successful passing sections equals a diploma! The "Test Me, I'm Ready" pilot initiative will help provide needy transitional students with a diploma at half price, but at full investment. 

 

Benefits to my students

Grant funds will help fund half the cost of up to 20 individual components of the 2014 GED test, or up to 5 complete exams should the students complete and pass all four sections.  

 

Describe the Students

All students at the Pinellas Hope satellite adult education classroom are homeless residents of the transitional shelter. Some are employed, with most of those being part-time. Each has a different challenge (physical, emotional, financial) in restoring their self-sufficiency. Approximately 30% are in need of completing their high school diplomas. Performance levels vary from low to high, but trend slightly below average. Most of the obstacles to testing are other life events/priorities, or strictly cost. 

 

Budget Narrative

Funds will cover one half the cost of up to 20 components of the 2014 GED exam at $16 each, for a total of $320. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Half cost of 20 GED exam components ($16 each) $320.00
  Total: $320.00

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