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ERIC Number: ED558072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
GED, HiSET and TASC: A Comparison of High School Equivalency Assessments. ECS Education Trends
Zinth, Jennifer
Education Commission of the States
Until January 2014, the General Educational Development (GED) was the only option for youth and adults lacking a high school diploma, but needing a high school credential to pursue employment opportunities or postsecondary education. However, in January 2014, some states began administering one or both alternatives to the GED--the Educational Testing Service (ETS) HiSET and the CTB/McGraw Hill Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). This Education Commission of the States trends report provides a comparison of these three assessments' features, aspects of testing programs states have weighed when deciding which high school equivalency exam to offer and the decision-making process states have used to select one or more alternatives to the GED. Key Takeaways from this brief are: (1) Seventeen states are offering the HiSET and/or TASC in addition to or in lieu of the GED; (2) The GED, HiSET and TASC vary in length, item type, formats available and cost; and (3) States have generally been using a request for proposal or related selection and procurement process to select vendors for high school equivalency exams.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests