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State Board of Education Approves High School Equivalency Tests

Posted on 03/19/2014

High School Equivalency

The State Board of Education (SBE External link opens in new window or tab) approved high school equivalency tests by three vendors at their March 13, 2014 meeting. The recommendation to approve the tests came from the California Department of Education (CDE External link opens in new window or tab) in response to a request for information (RFI External link opens in new window or tab) issued earlier in the year.

On January 1, 2014, SBE-approved amendments to the high school equivalency certificate regulations went into effect. The amendments to regulations removed language referencing a single high school equivalency test for use in California. This allowed CDE to issue the RFI and solicit information from potential test vendors.

Three vendors, CTB/McGraw-Hill (CTB), Educational Testing Service (ETS), and GED® Testing Service (GEDTS) responded to the RFI.

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC) by CTB and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™) by ETS are each computer-based and paper-based. The General Educational Development Tests (GED®) by GEDTS is currently only offered in a computer-based format, although paper-based versions of the 2002 version are available for test-takers requiring special accommodations and inmates at correctional facilities through a special waiver program.

For background information and details on the approved test, go to the SBE Agenda for March 2014 External link opens in new window or tab on the CDE Web site and view Item 12 and Addendum 12.