High School Equivalency Testing Program
At the State Board of Education meeting in December 2015, the Board directed Colorado Department of Education (CDE) staff to enter into contract negotiations with vendors of three high school equivalency examinations. As of April 2016, the Department has successfully entered into agreements with all three vendors who are now eligible to administer high school equivalency examinations in Colorado. The three providers are GED, HiSET, and TASC.
CDE-approved testing centers determine which high school equivalency examination(s) a testing center will offer at each individual location and may choose to administer one or more examination types at their discretion. The approved vendors are responsible for working directly with CDE-approved testing centers to coordinate administration of examination(s).
Sites interested in becoming a testing center for high school equivalency examination(s) must first apply and be approved by CDE. Click here for additional information for HSE testing centers.
Testing centers that administer the GED can continue to schedule GED exams as usual. GED is the high school equivalency exam that has been utilized in Colorado for approximately the past 45 years. GED is continuing as one of the eligible vendors.
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GED Resources for Students and Educators
The GED Resources for Students and Educators is a summary of resources exploring the GED exam as a pathway to earning the High School Equivalency Diploma. This summary of resources includes information on the exam, how to schedule, preparation materials, and professional development materials.
GEDTS Professional Development Resources
- GEDTS Professional Development Website - a user friendly, 1-stop resource to professional development resources provided by GED Testing Serivces
- GEDTS Professional Development Webinar Series - a series of 8 webinars that take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED test subjects.
High School Equivalency Examination Policy & Procedures Manual
The High School Equivalency Examination Policy & Procedures Manual outlines the policies and procedures for the administration of the GED test as the high school equivalency examination at testing centers approved by the state and GED Testing Service. This includes information on the GED exam generally, accommodations, age waivers, credit recovery, identification requirements, language versions & combination of scores, requests for HSE documents, rescinding the HSE diploma, test center approval, tester data, and other resources.
Information from the US DOE to institutions of higher education regarding state-authorized examinations that the state recognizes as the equivalency of a high school diploma.