The Anderson County Adult Education Center is empty on a Thursday afternoon, except for a receptionist, a teacher and the director.
Two years ago, every table in the small classroom might be filled, said Jerry Shaw, the center’s director.
He’d have trouble just walking across the room.
“Every age group, every stage of the test. There were days where it was slow, but that was unusual. Now the days that are slow are the usual,” Shaw said.
The situation is playing out across the state.
The number of Kentuckians passing the General Educational Development test, or GED, has dropped by 85 percent in the last two years, according to the state’s adult education program.
During the 2013 fiscal year, 8,890 students earned GED diplomas.
The current fiscal year ends this month. So far the state has issued only 1,351 diplomas.