The Rhode Island Senate has passed a measure aimed at easing the cost of the high school equivalency test known as the G.E.D.
The bill directs the State Board of Education to consider alternatives to the G.E.D. for students looking to earn a high school equivalency. It also calls for the reinstatement of a fee waiver for low income residents taking the G.E.D.
The testing company that administers the G.E.D. recently introduced a more difficult test and raised its rates to $120.
Critics, including the bill's sponsor, Senator Maryellen Goodwin, say the cost can pose a barrier to adults and teenagers working to earn a high school equivalency.