Just about every corner of the state was represented at the Arkansas State Capitol at a ceremony hat recognized the Arkansans who made up the top 25 scorers on the GED® exam in 2017. Arkansas Adult Education leaders reported that 3,312 Arkansans took the test last year.
Arkansas’s pass rate in 2017 consisted of eighty-seven percent, making it one of the highest pass rates in the country. The national pass rate is seventy-nine percent.
Brenda Baxter, Program Advisor for Arkansas Adult Education, served as the keynote speaker. Baxter earned a GED® and went on to college and obtained multiple degrees.
The honorees received well wishes from Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, and Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director of Arkansas Adult Education. Each was presented with a plaque in the shape of the state of Arkansas.
The top scorer, Abbey Surom, took the test at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville. Surom has already begun postsecondary work. At NWACC, she is majoring in social sciences. She plans to transfer to a university to major in international relations so that she can become employed at the U.S. Department of State to work at an embassy in another country.
Her advice to those without a GED®: “Go for it! The worst thing you’ll have to do is take it again!”
(Photo: The top scorer Abbey Surom (holding plaque) with (l-r) Bridget Criner, Associate Director of Arkansas Adult Education; Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Arkansas Department of Career Education; Ben Aldama, Dean of Adult Education (NWACC); and Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director of Arkansas Adult Education)