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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.

TASC publisher change

This may not be new to others, but it was news to me.  Yesterday our organization received written notice that McGraw-Hill had sold some of its properties, including the TASC to Data Recognition Corporation.   Here's the link to the announcement on DRC's site:

In my area in Illinois the TASC is approved but not yet implemented.  I thought I'd share this as an FYI to those who are using the TASC. 

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


Science Workbooks

Hello fellow science teachers and learners,

I'm looking for a science workbook and I thought this community might have some suggestions.  

I'm currently teaching a class to prepare HSE students for the science portion of their HSE exam (which is the TASC in my state).  I'm looking for a workbook that I could suggest to my students to use at home for extra practice, or that I could use in class for practice questions, vocabulary, readings, etc.  Students always ask for this type of thing, and since the retirement of the old GED, I've been at a loss for suggestions.

Tags: Science, TASC, books

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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