You are probably aware that the 2002 version of the GED® is being retired at the end of the year. With this change, states now have options when selecting the next test they will use to assess high school equivalency. Several states, including New York and Indiana, have already announced a move to implement an alternative high school equivalency exam called Test Assessing Secondary Completion™, or TASC™.
Many states, including California, are currently working to change the language surrounding high school equivalency tests in their legislative policies. Concerns about costs, accessibility (paper-and-pencil vs. online), and flexibility have spurred much debate about assessing adult learns across the country. TASC offers an easily accessible and flexible alternative at a reasonable per-student cost.
TASC assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, measuring the examinees’ levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards. Assessments are administered in either paper-and-pencil or online format with three forms available each year in English and Spanish with accommodations including large print, Braille, and audio.
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Following the trending topics in Adult Education? Then by now you’ve heard about TASC™ (The Test Assessing Secondary Completion™), a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment that provides access, quality and affordability for the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency. While the majority of Americans assume that the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is the only option available for those interested in pursuing higher education without a high school diploma, now many states are actually exploring alternatives to the current test. In fact, New York is among the first states to select TASC as an alternative, and it will be made available to the New York adult learners beginning in January 2014.
This is certainly an exciting time in adult education and the move to TASC might even be considered a “game changer” in adult education. In an on-going effort to keep you in the loop and fully up-to-date on all the information you need to know about TASC – from how to take it, when it’s available, who it’s available for, etc – we wanted to give you a simple run-down on some of the frequently asked questions, with straight forward answers to help you navigate through your options or equip an adult learner with details about this state-of-the-art solution.
1. What is TASC? The Test Assessing Secondary Completion is CTB/McGraw-Hill’s high school equivalency test.
2. What does TASC measure? TASC assesses five subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
3. When will the test be available? January 2014
4. How much does TASC cost? TASC’s base price is $52 per student and includes two free retests, scoring and reporting. Subtests beyond the second retake will cost $18 per student. Any state-imposed testing or administration fees are not included in this cost and will vary by state and/or location.
5. How many forms are available?
6. Is TASC aligned to the Common Core State Standards? Yes, it is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as the newest Common Core Standards for Adult Education released by the US Department of Education.
7. How do students register to take TASC? This will depend on the state. States may utilize their current testing model and register students locally. States also have the option to use the dedicated online CTB registration system or, for those without internet access, the CTB Customer Care group can be contacted at 800.538.9547.
8. Do those who have already passed some of the current GED® subtests need to retake them on TASC? State policy will dictate the acceptance of previous GED test scores toward the state’s requirement for credentialing. CTB will assist states in drafting guidelines for their specific uses.
9. What if someone fails a subtest? Up to two subtest retakes can be taken at no charge as needed after the complete battery has been finished.
10. When will study materials be available? CTB/McGraw-Hill is actively assembling a Publishers Forum to work with all publishers preparing content for High School Equivalency tests. Publishers’ content will be available through their own distribution channels including sales representatives, websites, and book stores. In addition, there will be a TASC portal linking customers to this material. Expect to see materials beginning in early Fall 2013.
11. Why is CTB creating a new High School Equivalency test? States and educators have asked CTB to create a test that allows them to keep using their current testing sites and that helps them transition to Common Core State Standards over the next three years. States all realize adults deserve a test that helps them grow and achieve to their full potential, and states also realize that a transition of this magnitude needs a team approach. TASC lets Adult Basic Education students, educators, and states begin this transition in a fair, respectful, and cost-effective way.