Using Distinguished Achievement BenchmarksTASC Test Distinguished Achievement cut scores are not considered a College and Career Readiness (CCR) benchmark at this time because additional validity evidence will need to be collected over time in order to ensure that these scores can provide predictive inferences regarding CCR. The TASC Test Distinguished Achievement benchmark indicates a higher level of proficiency in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts (Reading and Writing) that could indicate readiness for entry-level college coursework, without the need for remediation in developmental education courses. Until such time when additional data can validate the TASC Test Distinguished Achievement cut scores as benchmarks for CCR, these scores can provide predictive inferences regarding CCR.
A primary constituent for the TASC Test Distinguished Achievement cut scores are college admissions counselors. It is recommended that college admissions counselors who wish to use these cut scores first examine the interpretation of the cut scores, the way in which the cut scores were set, and the knowledge skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with these cut scores before determining whether the inferences that can be made from these cut scores are consistent with their intended uses.
Keeping in mind that a score on a high school equivalency (HSE) test is only one measure that should be used to consider readiness for college, all colleges may wish to use their own data to determine if TASC test passing scores are appropriate for entrance. Each institution should be collecting and analyzing its own data on students who have been admitted with a HSE diploma to best ascertain the appropriate score associated with college success.