With the Old Supreme Court Room as the backdrop, commendations and well wishes were expressed to the twenty-five Arkansans who scored in the top percentile among all test takers in the state in 2016.
More than 4,000 Arkansans took the exam, which is comprised of four sections and two open response questions. This format, adopted in 2014, reflects the current learning methods outlined by the Career and College Readiness Standards.
“Good things come to those who work hard,” said Tamera Deaver, a North Little Rock attorney who served as the keynote speaker. She received her GED® credential in 1997. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Writing, she enrolled into law school. She worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Pulaski County for some time. In 2014, she started her own law firm.
“Work toward your goals. Don’t give up. If life happens, let it happen. Get back up and try again,” she continued.
At the ceremony, the honorees accepted plaques from Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education; Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director of Adult Education; and Dianne Doyle, Administrator of GED® Testing.
Arkansas consistently ranks as one of the top states with the highest pass rates on the exam. In 2016, Arkansas had a pass rate of 90 percent, which surpassed the national pass rate of 80 percent.