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Kaylin Wainwright (center) works with student Natnael Gebremariam (left) during a GED preparation class in Washington, D.C. Seated at right is student Sibusiso Kunene. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED

The new GED is more expensive, computer-based and tougher. As a result, some states are embracing alternative tests, and the number of GEDs awarded last year fell.

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President Obama speaks at a Ford assembly plant on Wednesday in Wayne, Mich., about the resurgent automotive and manufacturing sector. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Obama In Tennessee To Promote Free Community College

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A Former Inmate And The 'Mother' Who Buoys Him

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Syrian Refugees Suffer Double Threat Of Severe Winter, Less Aid

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A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED

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Mideast Conflict Could Bog Down International Criminal Court

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