CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- On Friday, October 4, 2013, the Nevada State Board of Education approved three new high school equivalency assessments that will be used throughout Nevada starting January 1, 2014.
The new tests will provide the basis for awarding a Nevada Certificate of High School Equivalency by the Nevada Department of Education.
The Board voted to approve a new computer-based GED® test as well as two alternative assessments as Nevada’s official High School Equivalency (HSE) tests. The two new alternative tests approved by the Board, the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™) (designed by Educational Testing Services) and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) (from CTB/McGraw-Hill), will allow for either computer- or paper-based testing. The new GED® test will be offered only via computer, outside of correctional facilities.
All three assessments cover the same content areas and allow test-takers to demonstrate proficiency in the academic skills expected by employers and postsecondary institutions. Nevada is the first state in the nation to approve multiple HSE assessments for use in awarding a state-issued Certificate of High School Equivalency.
Last year, the Nevada Department of Education said over 4,000 Nevadans earned a state-issued Certificate of High School Equivalency, but Nevada still has nearly 300,000 adults without a high school diploma or its equivalent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who have a high school credential earn $181 more per week than those without. Additionally, Americans with a high school credential have an unemployment rate of 8.3%, compared with 12.4% for high school dropouts.