Coloradans will be able to obtain their high school equivalency through alternatives to the GED test. On December 10, the State Board of Education voted 4-3 to allow the Colorado Department of Education to enter into contract negotiations with publishers of the GED, HiSET and TASC tests.
Representatives from the publishers of the three high school equivalency tests briefly introduced their tests and answered board member questions.
Fewer adult learners have attempted and passed the GED in Colorado since it became an all-computerized, Common Core-aligned test in 2014.
This year 2,276 people passed the GED in Colorado as of October, compared to an average of 10,949 people a year who passed the test in the three years before it changed.
Some Coloradans have had to travel as far away as Cheyenne, Wyo. to take a less expensive alternative, the HiSET. (Read the Rocky Mountain PBS News report on falling GED numbers in Colorado here.)
Board member Angelika Schroeder voted against contract negotiations. “My fundamental concern is are these three tests equivalent?” Schroeder said.
Chairman Steve Durham voted in favor of contract negotiations with other vendors, saying the public had expressed a “demonstrated urgency to provide competition in this field.”