In 2009, all that stood between Anita Rodriguez and a high school diploma was one standardized test.
A student at the Austin Independent School District, she had the required credits for graduating but could not pass her TAKS math exam. Rodriguez, now 22, earned her GED in August.
The GED will help get her into cosmetology school, but its value in the workforce is still lower than the high school diploma she nearly received. To get it, she repeated much of her earlier coursework.
The Goodwill Industries of Central Texas program that helped Rodriguez get her GED is one of ...