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High School Equivalency Examinations in Colorado

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).

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.  


CDE Approval for Testing Centers

Per Colorado Revised Statutes 22-33-102 (8.5), the department of education approves testing centers to administer any state board approved high school equivalency examination (HSEE), based on geographic need and testing volume.

Prior to administration of any high school equivalency examination(s), testing centers must first be approved by the Department, and must also meet the requirements of the test publisher for any high school equivalency examination(s) the testing center selects.

  • The Department approves and determines need for a new testing site, based on geographic location and testing volume in the region.  An application must be completed for consideration of Department approval.
  • The individual test publishers determine the ability of a testing center to meet all requirements to administer the selected high school equivalency examination(s).  Requirements vary by test publisher.
  • Department approved testing centers are authorized to provide any high school equivalency examination and do not need additional approval to add new high school equivalency examinations.
  • Application: Request for HSEE Testing Center Approval


High School Equivalency Testing Program Fact Sheet - New!

The Colorado State Board of Education approves the high school equivalency examinations utilized in Colorado to measure major outcomes and concepts associated with high school education. There are three state board approved high school equivalency examinations in Colorado: GED, HiSET, and TASC. The Colorado High School Equivalency Diploma is awarded for successful completion of one of these approved examinations.  Please see the new High School Equivalency Testing Program Fact Sheet for more information about high school equivalency testing in Colorado, including information on each examination including: cost, content areas, and scoring. 

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.

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. 

US Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter

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.

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