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January 9, 2014

New York replaces GED testing with TASC

Beginning this year, New Yorkers will no longer be able to say “I’m getting my GED!”

Any person in New York who wishes to earn a High School Equivalency diploma can no longer do so by taking the General Education Development test, or GED. Instead, he or she will have to take the state’s new official High School Equivalency assessment, called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC.

The replacement comes after the state Education Department announced it would no longer use the GED because an updated version of the test would be more expensive and entirely computer-based.

For the past decade, the GED was the only way adult learners and students in New York could get their New York State High School Equivalency diploma.

According to TASC’s website, New Jersey, West Virginia, Wyoming, Indiana and Nevada have also dropped the GED in favor of the TASC.

According to Karen Rowe, director of Oneonta’s Adult Education program, the GED used to be made and owned by a nonprofit company, but was bought out in 2012 by education and publishing company Pearson. Together, Pearson and the American Council on Education created the for-profit General Educational Developmental Testing Service, or GEDTS.

Under its new ownership, the GED was revamped and a new test was created for 2014. According to its website, the new GED is more challenging because of its alignment with the Common Core State Standards. It also costs $120, nearly double the price of the old exam, and is strictly computer-based. Interested students will only be able to take the test on a computer at a testing center.

In response, state Education Department Commissioner John B. King Jr. announced in May that the department would move away from the GED in favor of another HSE test that would be more affordable and accessible while still in line with the Common Core.

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