The NJ Registry has seen a surge in the number of GEDs and High School Diplomas which were earned online being submitted as Members' proof of education.
However, a GED or High School Diploma is only valid if it is recognized by the NJ Department of Education (DOE). As stated on the NJ DOE website at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/adulted/news/DiplomaAdvisory.htm, "Persons seeking to meet New Jersey high school diploma requirements should beware of companies that claim to offer the General Educational Development (GED), ETS Hi-Set, or CTB-McGraw Hill TASC assessments over the internet or through correspondence courses. None of the state-authorized test vendors recognize on-line correspondence testing programs and neither does the New Jersey Department of Education."
Go to the following link on the NJ DOE website for more information and to obtain a list of DOE-accepted testing sites: http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/adulted/news.
Unfortunately, NJ Registry members with a GED or High School Diploma earned online that is not recognized by the NJ Department of Education may run into difficulty if applying to a regionally-accredited college or university for further study or if applying for employment in the future. In addition, they will not qualify for any of PINJ's scholarship programs.
If you have any questions about this issue, see the NJ DOE website using the above links, or contact the New Jersey Department of Education, Adult Education – High School Equivalency Office, PO Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500, Phone: 609-777-1050, Fax: 609 292-3768, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.