Forty states and the District of Columbia have developed a working group tasked with looking into an exam to replace the GED diploma -- the General Educational Development diploma for high-school equivalency graduation that has been used since World War II. The interest stems, in part, from announcements that the GED now would be administered online and the cost would increase for schools. New York, Montana and New Hampshire already have adopted new exams, Missouri is weighing options, while Tennessee and New Jersey may offer more than one test.

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