By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In our rapidly moving technological world where education is so necessary in everyday living and the world of work, fewer people without a high school degree are choosing to take a high school equivalency test, most often the GED, which dropped 50% of applicants in 2014.

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The recently revised test focusing less on facts and more on critical thinking to align with new college and career standard, and now online and more expensive have been deterrents.

Most states have stayed with the GED but are offering choices.

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Educational Testing Service developed the High School Equivalency Test, or HISET, and McGraw Hill Education came out with Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC, the only test offered in New York while Nevada offers all three.

With the federal government now providing less money for adult and family education and higher workforce expectations, attention must be paid to people who want to get ahead.

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Read more in Education Week.