Missouri to use new high school equivalency test beginning 2014

Jun 12, 2013

Missourians wanting to earn their high school equivalency certificate will need to pass a new test beginning January first. The new exam, called HiSET, will replace the current GED test. Sarah Potter is a spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She said the state’s current contract for GED testing was due to expire at the end of this year.

Potter says the state evaluated several competing bids based on the quality of testing, price, and whether the testing was computer based. HiSET will cost a maximum of $95 to take.

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Several dozen states are looking for an alternative to the GED test because of concerns that a new version is more costly and will no longer be offered in a pencil and paper format.

Forty states have participated in a group that's considering options for the high school equivalency test. New York, Montana and New Hampshire announced last month they are switching to test providers that offer a cheaper alternative to the GED. Missouri also has requested bids.

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This is the last year high school dropouts will be able to earn their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate before a tougher, more expensive version of the GED is rolled out.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the current test will be replaced with a new, computer-based assessment in 2014.

The 2014 test is tied to Common Core Standards -- a set of uniform math and English benchmarks adopted by states. The standards are designed to ensure that students are prepared for college or the workforce.

The University of Missouri is studying how to make life easier for student parents. Plus, research shows a Prison GED program has multiple benefits.

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