TASC Test and the New Standards

You may have heard about the new national education standards. But do you understand what these new standards are trying to do?

In the past, each state set its own standards for learning a subject. That meant that the standards were different for every state. A number of studies conducted during the 1990s showed that a disturbing number of students were graduating high school without the skills needed to qualify for jobs or enter college. Someone needed to help solve this problem.

In 1996, at the National Education Summit, a group of governors and business leaders formed a non-profit education reform organization called “Achieve.” They invited all the states to come to an agreement in setting standards for skills needed to succeed in college and in the workplace in the 21st century.

What does this mean for you? Starting with the class of 2014, students graduating high school will need to meet the new educational standards used by their state. If you want a high school equivalency, you will need to pass a national education test (the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam is approved as one) based on these new standards. You will be studying the same subjects and materials as students in high school, and preparing for the test using the same types of questions. When you take the pre-test, you will be practicing with similar questions asked on the real test.