State picks HiSet exams to replace GED tests for high school equivalency
As of Jan. 1, New Hampshire no longer offers the General Education Development, or GED, tests that provided a credential commonly accepted as an alternative to a high school diploma. Rather than the GED tests, the state has opted for the HiSet exams, one of several new equivalency testing programs that, like the GED, will be based on the Common Core State Standards.
Norm-based assessments measure how people perform compared to others who take the test, while standards-based tests measure performance based on set criteria such as Common Core.
And like a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, whether it’s a GED or a HiSet certificate, represents a certain level of capability.
Adult education leaders in several states, including New Hampshire, began shopping around for an alternative to GED. The non-profit Education Testing Services, ETS, developed the HiSet tests, and the for-profit publisher McGraw-Hill come up with the Test Assessing Secondary Completion or TASC test.
“We’ll have both,” she said. “We have such a wide range of people of all ages coming in from all over the world. Some people, especially older people, are more comfortable taking a test on paper.”
Pearson has been defensive about doubling the cost of the GED tests, and the company said the increase is “not extreme.” But as Phillis and others in the field of adult education point out, many candidates for a high school equivalency credential are minimum-wage earners hoping to find higher paying jobs, and for them those dollars matter.
“We’re working on it, and our teachers have been gearing up for the changes for more than a year,” she said. “It will be a gradual transition, but it’s still a challenge.”
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Bishop of Rochester, N.Y., will be homilist for annual Red Mass - 0
- Religion Briefs: Divorce and separation support group meets in Goffstown - 0
- Annual dedication of Starr Memorial Garden scheduled - 0
- Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford celebrates 125 years, looks toward future - 0
- Season of Epsom Bible Church AWANA Clubs to begin - 0
- St. Michael's church in Exeter to offer financial course - 0
- Nursing home chaplain launches ministry - 0
- Milford Bible study group to meet on Sept. 10 - 0
- Hundreds attend Mass for slain journalist from NH - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Pair accused in Hampstead home invasion also face witness tampering charges - 0
- Gunman hits Circle K convenience store in Durham - 0
- Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Afghan capital; Taliban claims responsibility - 0
- City officials to review proposed 'spice' ban - 0
- Widow of chiropractor killed this summer says fatal shooting was no accident - 0
- Manchester's Delana Curtis is left out in the cold - 0
- Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable - 4
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Brady a realist - 0
- Burning rubber: And public dollars - 0
DWI license revocations
Mexican man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine
Strategery: A war by any other name
Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable
Freeh dumb: Favoritism in Vt.?
Lawyer wants cellphone evidence thrown out