Half Dozen States using ETS's HiSET® for High School Equivalency

Louisiana to offer affordable, accessible computer and paper-based High School Equivalency Test


Princeton, N.J. (November 18, 2013) —

Louisiana has become the sixth 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, Missouri's, and Iowa'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 alternative 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.

"We are delighted to join the HiSET family. The WorkReady U mission is to prepare our students with the skills necessary to compete for family sustainable employment and gain access to opportunity. Our new partnership with the HiSET program is a critical component to the comprehensive services that we must provide our citizens as we continue to build the Louisiana of tomorrow," says Sean Martin, Executive Director, WorkReady U.

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 annual retests for no additional cost
  • Computer-based and paper-based testing
  • English and Spanish versions of the test
  • Flexibility with the use of existing test centers, test prep and curricula
  • Test design and validation by experts in assessment development for fair and reliable results

"ETS and ITP welcome the opportunity to work with educators in Louisiana 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.

For more information about the ETS HiSET program, please visit http://hiset.ets.org/.

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