SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers have given final approval to a measure expanding the tests that can be taken by New Mexicans trying to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
The Senate-passed measure cleared its final hurdle in the Legislature on Saturday when it was unanimously approved by the House. The bill heads to Gov. Susana Martinez, who vetoed a similar proposal last year.
Under the legislation, New Mexicans could earn a high school equivalent certificate or diploma by taking a test other than one administered by the GED Testing Service, which has updated the exam but will offer it only on computer and at a higher cost.
New Mexico officials worry that fewer people will be able to take the new GED exam. Test takers pay the costs. Other vendors offer alternative tests.