2014 GED Credentialing

2014 GED Credentialing


2014 GED Credentialing

    What is GED Credentialing™?

    Effective April 1, 2014, Ohio will transition its GED® credentialing process from the issuance of paper transcripts and GED® diplomas to a paperless electronic transcript system. As with any new process, there will be changes and questions. This FAQ will assist adult education administrators to prepare for this change.  

    GED Credentialing™ is a full-service program that Ohio will use to outsource all fulfillment requests for transcripts and diplomas. The service includes fulfillment for new graduates and historical requests dating back to 1947.

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    What does GED Credentialing™ mean for my program?

    GED Credentialing™ is an end-to-end service for Ohio’s GED® programs that eliminates the administrative burden of fulfilling requests for secure duplicate transcripts and diplomas.

    Free service: Ohio selected GED Credentialing™ as part of the 2014 GED® program. There is no additional cost for GED Credentialing™.

    Full-service  : Ohio’s contract with GED Credentialing™ will provide service for both first-time and historical transcript requests.

    Secure: GED Credentialing™ uses the services of Parchment, a secure, electronic transcript fulfillment for high schools nationwide.

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    What does GED Credentialing™ cost programs?

    GED credentialing services are completely free to Ohio’s GED® programs as part of the 2014 GED® initiative.

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    What does GED Credentialing™ cost students?

    Students receive their initial transcript and diploma for free after completing the 2014 GED® test. For each repeat or historical request, the individual or organization making the request (e.g. past student, employer, school, employment verification firm) pays a $15 fee.

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    Can a GED® program use GED Credentialing™ for new transcripts and diplomas only and continue to fulfill historical requests themselves?

    No, GED Credentialing™ is an all-inclusive service. All must use GED Credentialing™ for both new and historical transcripts and diplomas.

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    Is my program required to use the service?

    Yes. Ohio has contracted with GED Testing Service to fulfill Ohio test-taker requests for the Ohio GED® diploma and the Smart Transcript from GED Testing Service.

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    Does GED Credentialing™ fulfill a national credential?

    No, GED Credentialing™ fulfills requests for Ohio’s GED® diplomas and the Smart Transcript from GED Testing Service. The Ohio Department of Education remains the issuing agency. The diplomas and transcripts feature Ohio’s official signatures and design.

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    Is GED Testing Service fulfilling the transcript and diploma requests in-house?

    No, GED Testing Service is partnering with Parchment, a secure, electronic transcript (eTranscript) exchange. For more information, visit http://www.parchment.com/.

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    What do test takers receive from GED Credentialing™ after they pass the 2014 GED® test?

    As soon as test takers pass the GED® test, they receive a secure, electronic PDF document delivered to their email address. The document will include their Smart Transcript and an electronic copy of their Ohio GED® diploma. A 2014 tester has an option of ordering a professionally printed GED® diploma free of charge.

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    What is a Smart Transcript?

    The Smart Transcript is an electronic transcript that not only provides an Ohio test taker’s scores, but also includes links to the GED Testing Service Web site with additional information regarding what the GED® test measures, what the scores mean, and what skills the test taker demonstrated on the test. This includes information about earning a GED® Passing Score and the GED® Passing Score with Honors.

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    Will historical requests also receive a Smart Transcript?

    GED® test takers will receive a Smart Transcript. GED Credentialing™ uses Smart Transcripts to fulfill all transcript requests, including historical requests. Smart Transcripts are customized based on the GED® test series and explain the scoring and types of content tested on the 2014 GED® test and older versions of the GED® test.

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    How do test takers request their historical transcripts?

    Test takers can sign in to the GED Credentialing™ Web site to easily and securely order their duplicate transcripts or diplomas. If a match is found in the database, your electronic transcript will be delivered on the same day. If a match is not found immediately, a manual search will be done. It may take a few days to fulfill the request. The test taker will be notified when this situation arises.

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    How far back in time does this historical information exist?

    With a few exceptions, GED Credentialing™ has Ohio test taker data dating back to 1947.

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    Can students send their transcript and certificate to colleges and employers?

    Yes, students can forward the free electronic transcript they received in their email inbox directly to potential colleges and employers.

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    Will the Ohio Department of Education continue to handle mailed requests for transcripts and diplomas?

    No. Effective April 1, 2014, all requests for duplicate transcripts and diplomas must be handled through GED Credentialing™. As a recipient of a GED diploma, your community college can sign up for Parchment’s FREE receive service to easily obtain the secure, electronic diplomas. Please visit http://exchange.parchment.com/highered-reg/ to learn more about the FREE service.

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    How does GED Credentialing™ access Ohio’s data and historical records?

    In order to fulfill historical transcript requests, GED Testing Service will work with Ohio to safely and securely acquire all student data including:

     

    - A copy of all electronic data; and

     

    - Original copies of all physical data (such as paper, microfiche or card stock).

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    Who owns Ohio’s data?

    Ohio owns all data. Parchment merely stores the data in order to fulfill transcript and diploma requests on behalf of the state. If Ohio should cancel its agreement with GED Credentialing™, GED Testing Service will return all data to the Ohio Department of Education free of charge.

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    How is Ohio’s data stored?

    All electronic data is stored through a secure website. Physical records are stored at a secured facility where requests will be sent for manual fulfillment.

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    Are the electronic transcripts and certificates secure?

    All Ohio GED® credentialing documents, including transcripts and diplomas, are secure. The electronic delivery system uses Parchment’s patented Blue Ribbon™ Security system, which is more secure than delivering a physical, paper copy.

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    What security system is used to protect the integrity of Smart Transcripts and certificates?

    GED Credentialing™ uses Blue Ribbon™ Security, a secure delivery system developed and patented by Parchment. Blue Ribbon™ Security guarantees the document sent to the recipient has not been altered. Each electronic transcript and diploma contains a diploma code, which is then validated against Parchment’s database to verify all content is the same as the original document that was sent out. The recipient can easily assess the integrity of a transcript or diploma by noting the presence of a blue ribbon indicating the document is authentic and trustworthy or a red X indicating the document has been altered.

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    Do colleges and employers know about the Blue Ribbon™ Security?

    Parchment currently works with more than 4,000 colleges. More than a third of all high school diplomas are delivered by Parchment using this security process. Ohio community colleges can sign up for Parchment’s FREE receive service to easily obtain the secure, electronic diplomas. Every electronic transcript will contain a cover letter explaining the Blue Ribbon™ Security to colleges and employers.

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    How does one of my students sign up or get more information about GED Credentialing™?

    If you or your students are interested in learning more about GED Credentialing™ and the Smart Transcript, contact your local adult education program or visit gedtestingservice.com/credentialing.

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Last Modified: 9/15/2014 8:46:27 AM