The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced an automated process is now available to verify transcripts for Missouri’s GED graduates. The new method eliminates fees, paper processing and time needed for mail delivery.
The state’s new verification system allows an electronic transcript to be instantly viewed online by entering three pieces of information unique to each Missouri GED graduate: last name, date of birth and the last four digits of the individual’s Social Security number.
The only source for the online transcript system is www.ged.mo.gov, Missouri’s official website for the high school equivalency credential.
“The new process places GED graduates in control of their information and should aid them in enrolling in school and obtaining employment faster than under the old process,” said Jeanne Loyd, assistant commissioner of the Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services.
GED® – the General Educational Development test – is widely accepted across the U.S. as a high school equivalency credential. More than 300,000 Missourians have earned the GED certificate since the program’s inception nearly 70 years ago.
The former paper-based process, which had been in place for decades, required each applicant to complete a transcript request form and mail it to the state’s GED office in Jefferson City along with a $2 fee. Allowing for delivery through the postal service, the total turnaround time could take more than one week.
In addition to saving time and money for individuals needing to verify GED credentials, the new process allows the Department to be more efficient.
“Until you’ve opened the GED mail for a day, it’s probably hard to appreciate,” Loyd said. “Processing 12,000 requests per year takes volumes of staff time to open the mail, deposit funds, enter data, generate transcripts and place them in the mail.”
The online system was developed by the Department in conjunction with information technology staff at the Office of Administration. State education officials are not aware of any other state with a similar verification system.
The online transcript system is the first step in a comprehensive upgrade of services to be provided by the state’s GED office. At some point next year, Missouri candidates wanting to take the GED test will be able to register and pay fees online.
“The GED is an alternative path for our citizens to obtain employment and to improve wages through training and education,” Loyd said. “This new transcript process helps improve the path to their success.”
Contact: Michele Clark, DESE Communications Coordinator, 573-751-3469
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment