"The HiSET program will allow candidates to demonstrate that they have attained the academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate," said Catherine Welch, Director of Statewide Testing Programs and Professor of Educational Measurement and Statistics at the University of Iowa. "Moreover, information gathered from the assessment will help identify the areas where candidates are career- and college-ready."
The HiSET program will be available in two phases. The Phase 1 HiSET test is designed to be compatible with current instructional materials used for high school equivalency assessment and covers five core areas: (1) Language Arts–Reading, (2) Language Arts–Writing, (3) Mathematics, (4) Science and (5) Social Studies. The first administration of Phase 1 is scheduled for January 2014.
Phase 2 of the HiSET program will align more fully with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Since instructional programs for CCSS at the high school level do not yet exist, the Phase 2 HiSET test allows time for instructional providers to learn how to teach the CCSS. In addition, it will measure the more rigorous college- and career-readiness standards that most states will use as the goal of a high school education beginning in 2014/2015. ETS and ITP will work with the states in designing the Phase 2 assessments, which will align with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) assessments in terms of difficulty and content.
ETS and ITP, two highly respected assessment organizations, are committed to a fully collaborative relationship using combined resources to develop and provide high school equivalency assessments that reflect the highest standards of educational assessment.For more information about the ETS HiSET program please visit http://hiset.ets.org/. About ETS At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL ® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org SOURCE Educational Testing Service