New Hampshire has become the second state to announce that it will use the HiSET ™ program as its exclusive provider of high school equivalency testing. Beginning in 2014, the state will no longer use the GED® test and begin using the HiSET program developed by nonprofit Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Program (ITP).
The announcement follows the Montana Department of Public Instruction's adoption of the HiSET test last month. New Hampshire joins an increasing numbers of states, educators, policymakers and employers looking for a high school proficiency exam that includes elements that are critical to providing out-of-school youth and adults with proof of their readiness for higher education or the workplace.
"The New Hampshire Department of Education looks forward to working with ETS to provide our residents with a high-quality, affordable and readily available high school equivalency test that will allow them to successfully complete postsecondary educational programs and qualify for high-quality employment opportunities," says Art Ellison, Administrator, Bureau of Adult Education, New Hampshire Department of Education.
The test will measure the same competencies as the current GED® test, but the advantages of the HiSET program include:
Furthermore, the HiSET program offers much needed flexibility to states wanting to avoid GED® score expiration in 2014 by supporting combined pre-2014 GED® scores with HiSET scores to issue equivalency credentials.
"ETS welcomes the opportunity to work with educators in New Hampshire to provide learners in their state with a high-quality high school equivalency exam that measures the test taker’s readiness for higher education or the workplace," says John Oswald, Vice President and General Manager, K–12 Student Assessment Programs, ETS.
Beginning on January 2, 2014, out-of-school youth and adults who are pursuing a high-school equivalency credential will have another choice of tests to show what they know — the ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™). The HiSET™ program will be an affordable, accessible alternative to the GED® test.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Iowa Testing Programs (ITP), two trusted names in educational assessment, are currently developing this new program that will provide another pathway to attaining the credential you need to succeed in higher education or the workplace.
The HiSET program will measure your knowledge in five core areas:
CTB/McGraw-Hill, the nation's leading provider of assessments for the adult education market, formally introduced the Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™), a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment that provides access, quality and affordability for the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency.
CTB's launch of the TASC addresses the interest of many states in a new, affordable high school equivalency assessment that is widely accessible to adult learners and provides options for how the exam is administered. The TASC, which will be available as a paper-and-pencil exam as well as online, will provide flexibility for test takers and allow states to phase in computer-based testing at a pace that meets their students' needs. Additionally, the TASC allows states to follow the secure processes for administering the exam that they already have in place.
The TASC measures examinees' level of achievement relative to that of graduating high school seniors and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards. The TASC, which will be Common Core-aligned beginning with its official release in January 2014, will feature a design that allows states to gradually transition from the foundational concepts of the Common Core State Standards to a deeper alignment over a three year period.
Among the first states to adopt a new assessment is New York, which recently announced its selection of the TASC as the state's official high school equivalency assessment. The TASC will be made available to New York's adult learners beginning in January 2014. CTB is offering the TASC as a choice for all states, which have had only the GED exam® as a high school equivalency exam option in the past.
"Providing a high school equivalency exam that is accessible and affordable is critical not only to adult learners but to our national economy and future global competitiveness," said Ellen Haley, president of CTB/McGraw-Hill. "CTB/McGraw-Hill has a long track record of experience in measuring the educational achievements of adult learners and serving the professionals dedicated to adult education. We look forward to working with states across the country to deliver the TASC, our new high school equivalency exam, and to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn an alternative high school diploma."
CTB has extensive experience in developing assessments for the adult basic education market. For more than 45 years, CTB's TABE has been the leading measure of achievement used by educators, states and employers to assess the knowledge and skills of adult learners. CTB's expertise and capabilities in assessing adult basic education contributed to the company's ability to respond quickly to states’ need for a more affordable, accessible alternative high school equivalency assessment that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
The TASC covers English language arts (including reading and writing), math, science, social studies. It will be available in English and Spanish and in large print, Braille and audio versions. The base price of the exam is $54 per student, which includes scoring and essential materials.
The Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™) is a state-of-the-art and affordable national high school equivalency assessment, accessible to the approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. who have not graduated from high school or obtained an equivalency diploma.
TASC assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees' levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards.
• TASC will launch in January 2014.
• Immediate scoring for computer-based tests
• Paper-based and writing tests are sent to
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