California Approves TASC Test as a Statewide Alternative High School Equivalency Exam

The California Department of Education has announced that they have selected McGraw-Hill Education CTB’s TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion™) test as a state-approved assessment leading to a high school equivalency certificate. The decision is the latest development in an ongoing movement by states across the country to identify high-quality alternatives to the GED® test that are more affordable and accessible for the 40 million U.S. adults who lack a high school degree or equivalency certification. Last year, the states of New York, Indiana and West Virginia selected the TASC test as their official high school equivalency assessment to serve some 70,000 annual test takers in the three states, while Nevada, Wyoming and New Jersey also authorized the TASC test for statewide use.

“We are incredibly proud that California has chosen the TASC test to serve their 42,000 annual high school equivalency test takers, many of whom will benefit immensely from a more affordable and flexible alternative to the current exam,” said Ellen Haley, president of CTB. “As postsecondary degrees continue to be a prerequisite for some of the fastest-growing industries in our economy, the accessibility of testing solutions like the TASC test will be increasingly vital to expanding career opportunities and improving the quality of life for adults in California and across the country.”

Built from the ground up to address the learning standards set forth by the Common Core, the TASC test provides newly developed field–tested content that measures test takers’ level of achievement relative to that of graduating high school seniors and, readiness for post-secondary study. The new test features a design that allows states to gradually transition from the foundational concepts of the newly implemented Common Core State Standards to a deeper alignment over a three-year period.

The TASC test assesses English language arts (including Reading and Writing), Math, Science, and Social Studies. It is available in English and Spanish and in large print, Braille and audio versions. The test is offered as a paper-and-pencil exam as well as online, providing flexibility for test takers and allowing states to phase in computer-based testing at a pace that meets their students’ needs. The TASC test also allows states to follow the secure processes for administering the test that they already have in place.

Preparing for the TASC Test

  • McGraw-Hill Education CTB provides students with a comprehensive review and practice in all five exam subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. There are complete reviews of key test content, exercises to reinforce new skills, and full-length TASC practice test sections in the new test format, with complete explanations for every question, and valuable test-taking tips and strategies. It is the only resource to contain TASC test questions from CTB.
  • Common Core Achieve is a fully adaptive study program to help potential test takers prepare for the TASC test and other high school equivalency exams. Rooted in the Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards, Common Core Achieve is built on the core content instruction needed for all 2014 high school equivalency exams and, includes test preparation specific to each exam. It is available in both print and online with components that can be used separately or together.

CTB offers test takers a complimentary practice test item sampler and an official TASC Test Readiness Assessment that is available in print and online [].

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