For the first time since 1945, Massachusetts adults taking a high-school-equivalency test will not take a General Educational Development, or GED exam.
State education officials announced Thursday they've selected Educational Testing Service (ETS) to administer a new exam, called a High School Equivalency Test HiSET, which will measure the knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate.
"ETS is an experienced testing company that will deliver a high quality exam," Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Mitchell Chester said in a statement. The new HiSET exam will be available in late January or early February, and information about the new fee structure will be released in "coming weeks," DESE said.
Other testing companies in the bidding
After DESE went out to bid, GED Testing Service submitted a proposal as did CTB/McGraw Hill LLC and ETS. The three-year contract will not require any state expenditure, as people who take the test will bear the cost, DESE spokesman J.C. Considine told the News Service.
Considine said if the state had selected GED for testing this year the cost for test-takers would be "slightly higher." The HiSET model will phase in the more rigorous, national career and college readiness standards rather than introducing them all in January, Considine said.