Iowa is the Fifth State to Choose ETS's HiSET™
- Jason Baran
- Jason Baran
Princeton, New Jersey (October 2, 2013) —
Iowa has become the fifth state to announce that it will use the HiSET™ program for high school equivalency testing. Beginning in 2014, the state will begin using the HiSET program developed by nonprofit Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the University of Iowa's Iowa Testing Program (ITP).
The announcement follows Montana's, New Hampshire's, Tennessee's, and Missouri's adoption of the HiSET test during the last several months. The number of states, educators, policymakers and employers looking for a high school proficiency exam replacement that includes elements that are critical to providing out-of-school youth and adults with proof of their readiness for higher education or the workplace is expected to grow.
"As expectations rise for high school graduates in terms of college and career readiness, the expectations for adult learners will rise, too," said D.T. Magee, interim director of the Iowa Department of Education. "The new assessment will help ensure that students are prepared for the demands of our 21st century workforce."
The HiSET test covers the same content areas as the current GED, and will be accepted by institutions in the same way, however, the HiSET program's advantages include:
- Affordable test fees to keep this valuable credential accessible for candidates, states and educational programs
- Up to two retests within 12 months, for no additional cost
- Flexibility with the use of existing test centers, test prep and curricula
- English and Spanish versions of the test
- Test design and validation by experts in assessment development for fair and reliable results
Furthermore, the HiSET program offers much needed flexibility to states wanting to avoid GED® score expiration in 2014 by supporting combined pre-2014 GED® scores with HiSET scores to issue equivalency credentials.
"ETS and ITP welcome the opportunity to work with educators in Iowa to provide learners in their state with an affordable, accessible high school equivalency exam," says John Oswald, Vice President and General Manager, K–12 Student Assessment Programs, ETS.
"The Phase 1 HiSET test, which will launch in January 2014 will be compatible with current instructional materials used for high school equivalency assessment," added Oswald. "It will measure the more rigorous college- and career-readiness standards that most states will use beginning in 2014-2015, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)."
Phase 2 HiSET will align even more fully with the CCSS and NGSS once instructional programs for those standards are developed and instructional providers learn how to teach to the new standards. ETS and ITP will work with the states in designing the Phase 2 assessments.
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