Based on the latest U.S. Census data, roughly 1 million New Jersey adult residents do not have a high school diploma. The New Jersey Department of Education has developed a proactive plan to help these residents obtain a diploma in order to increase their ability to find employment or to enter into an institute of higher education. As announced in a December 2013 press release, the state has approved new high school equivalency assessments leading to the State-Issued High School Diploma. Students may now earn this diploma by passing one of the following tests: the GED® by GED Testing Service®, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) by CTB McGraw-Hill, or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) by Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Currently, 32 State approved test centers allow New Jersey residents to take one or more of the approved tests. A request for qualifications (RFQ) for non-profit and for-profit organizations has been released to allow additional testing sites. (Word | PDF)
The State Board of Education has approved new providers of the adult education assessment in New Jersey. Effective January 2014, three vendors – Pearson VUE GED, Educational Testing Service (ETS) Hi-SET, and McGraw Hill TASC – began offering assessments leading to the state-issued high school diploma. All assessments will transition to the Common Core State Standards by 2016.
These expanded testing options provide test takers with the following benefits:
For more information on each test vendor, please visit their web page.