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Major Test Changes for All Three HSE Exams

Dear Teachers of Science!

I bring news from Meg Farrell on major test changes for all three high school equivalency exams: the TASC, HiSET, and GED. For a 5-minute run down, see:

2016 HSE Test Updates


GED teacher, professional developer, and blogger, Meagen Farrell, has posted this important 2016 update on all three HSE tests. Perhaps the most surprising, to some at least, is the change in cut scores to the GED(r) test.

David J. Rosen

Reminder: HSE Survey deadline 1/8/16

HI all,

Hoping the New Year is treating you all well.  I just wanted to remind you of the 12 question survey the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy posted on LINCS in December.  We have had responses from many states but still haven’t heard from anyone in the following states:

Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington DC

What is your experience with the various HSE tests?

Hi all,

In New York State we currently only have the TASC as our HSE test.  To help us develop our advocacy work around HSE,the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy would like to learn more about how the HSE process is going in other states, particularly the experiences of adult education providers with preparing students to take the different tests (GED, HiSET, or TASC).  We are also very interested in the pros and cons of offering multiple tests as a path to a state high school equivalency diploma.

Comparing High School Equivalency Tests

Hello colleagues, I'm wondering if anyone from states where all three high school equivalency test options are available has completed a comparison of the three tests: HiSET, TASC and GED®. For instance, I believe both HiSET and TASC are available as both paper and pencil tests and on computer, while GED® is now only computer-based. It would be interesting to compare costs and various features of these assessments.

Please weigh in if you have any details or insights to share in our Community.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Assessment COP


AFT endorses HiSET

Hello friends, I received information recently that the American Federation of Teachers has endorsed HiSET, over the GED(r) for students who drop out of high school. This is relevant to our ongoing discussion about the low pass rates for the GED(r) and critical issues around equity. For those who are interested, here's the resolution, "Reclaiming the Promise of GED Fairness in the United States."

High School Equivalency Exams and Professional Development

Colleagues who are interested in new 2014 high school equivalency exams:

1. A recent Workfore3One webinar, with its slide presentations, is now archived at:

Its focus is on the ETS HiSET(tm) and CTB/McGraw-Hill TASC(tm) exams.

To access the webinar you may first need to register at Workfoirce3One.

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