GED Scores to Carry Over to new TASC

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Yesterday the New York State Board of Regents approved a State Education Department proposal to grandfather GED sub-test scores from 203 to 2013, as acceptable for use in obtaining an HSE in the new testing system, through 2015. Article here, Regents Memo here.

This is a positive development, and CTW endorses this proposal to ensure the maximum number of New Yorkers will continue to earn an HSE during the coming period of transition.


From GED to TASC: CTW hosting July 17th NYC Forum

Monday, June 24th, 2013


From GED to TASC: Understanding the 2014 Changes to New York's High School Equivalency Testing System.


The Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce invites you to join us on Wednesday, July 17th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm for an informational session and discussion of the changes to New York's High School Equivalency testing system. In January 2014, New York State will replace the current GED® exam with the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) as the principal pathway to a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. This is a major transition that will affect out-of-school youth, adult education, and workforce development programs and participants.

This session is an opportunity to learn what to expect during the transition period and how to prepare your communities, agencies and students for the new exam. The program format will be aimed at answering your questions in advance of the actual transition.

The discussion and Q & A will include leaders involved in New York's High School Equivalency transition:

Kevin Smith, Deputy Commissioner of Adult Career & Continuing Education Service (ACCES), NY State Education Department (NYSED)

Michael Johnson, National Adult Education Manager, CTB McGraw Hill

Robert Zweig, Deputy Superintendent District 79, NYC Department of Education (DOE)

Mark Trushkowsky, Mathematics Professional Development Coordinator, City University of New York (CUNY) Adult Literacy & HSE Program

William Blair, Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, East Side House Settlement

Please RVSP by July 10th


For background information on the HSE transition, see:

CTW's “GED® and High School Equivalency Changes in New York: What You Need to Know

NYSED Memo to Regents: “Update on the new High School Equivalency Test” June 10, 2013


{Update} NYS 2013 GED® Phase-out

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Download the latest CTW summary of GED® changes in NYS- what you need to know about the new test system, and what New York needs to do to prepare:
CTW GED HSE Overview (May 2013)


CTW Issues HSE/GED Call to Action!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

ACTION ALERT: Contact State Legislators NOW to Protect Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma!

(click here for brief & talking points)

Issue: Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma is at serious risk under current state budget proposals. In response to changes to the GED® exam at the national level, The NYS Education Department (NYSED) is in the process of selecting a new state-subsidized High School Equivalency (HSE) Test.  Without additional state investment, 25,000 FEWER New Yorkers will have the opportunity to earn a HSE diploma each year, and/or new fees may be charged to test-takers. This represents a serious risk to educational opportunity in New York.

Solution: New York State must fully fund High School Equivalency testing in the FY2014 State Budget, oppose proposals to start charging fees, and support education programs in the transition. Attached is a one-page summary of CTW’s priorities with more detail, but here are the headlines:

1)      Maintain Free Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma (No Fees!)

2)      Fully Fund High School Equivalency Testing for 50,000 New Yorkers: $7 Million

3)      Expand Preparation Classes: $2 million

4)      Prepare the System for New Standards and Computer-Based Testing: $3 million

5)      Raise Public Awareness

TAKE ACTION: Contact your New York State Assembly Members and Senators.

Urge them to protect free access to High School Equivalency testing and to invest in HSE testing and preparation. Tell them how important it is to your community. Use the talking points above and attached.

To find contact info for your Assembly Member:

To find contact info for your State Senator:


CTW Presents at NYCETC Summit

Monday, December 17th, 2012

On Friday December 17, the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce co-led a workshop with the NYC Office of Human Capital Development (OHCD) at the New York City Employment & Training Coalition’s (NYCETC) 2012 Workforce Development Summit. CTW led participants in a discussion of changes to high school equivalency testing in New York State and what the impacts will be for test takers and job seekers.

Workshop description and materials available below:


GED® Changes and New York’s High School Equivalency System: What Will Be the Impact for Workforce Providers & Job Seekers?

Presenters from the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce (CTW) and the NYC Office of Human Capital Development will explore major changes taking shape in New York State regarding the test of General Educational Development (GED®) and pathways to a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma.  In response to a new version of the GED® exam to be launched nationally in 2014, New York State is looking to establish other assessments that lead to an equivalency diploma.  In this workshop, participants will learn when, where, how and why the current GED® will be replaced beginning in January 2014, and discuss implications for workforce providers.  Emerging themes include a possible decline in free access to HSE testing, increased demand for HSE testing and preparation programs, and a public awareness challenge.  Workshop participants will also receive information about how to get involved in advocacy efforts to ensure a strong high school equivalency system in New York State.

Download: CTW GED/HSE Changes Dec. 2012

Download: CTW GED Workshop Data

Summary of GED/HSE Transition in New York

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

In light of the evolving nature of GED ® / High School Equivalency discussions at the State level, CTW created the attached overview of anticipated changes to the exam, implications for New York’ high school equivalency system, NYSED’s proposed response to date, and key recommendations the state should consider in this transition period. The summary may be accessed here.


CTW Calls on State to Adequately Prepare for 2014 HSE

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce recently submitted a letter to the New York State Education Department and the Board of Regents, urging the NYS to consider a number of concerns in relation to the during the State’s transition to a new exam:

-Strong opposition from the field to imposing fees on test takers as a primary means of solving access challenges

-Need for expanded resources on the ground to deal with pending surge in demand for GED ® preparation & testing

-Plans and resources for equipping the field with computers, and providing students with computer literacy education

-Necessity of professional development for adult educators on Common Core standards

-Need for Public awareness/recognition of new exam(s)

The full text of the letter can be found here.


Board of Regents Approves SED GED Plan

Friday, September 21st, 2012

At the September 10th Board of Regents meeting, SED's plan to develop and issue an RFP for a new HSE assessment was approved. SED also indicated there may be a need to revoke current law that prohibits charging test-takers fees to sit for the exam leading to a high school equivalency credential. Read the full Regent's memo here.


Sector Leaders Call on State to Act on GED

Friday, September 7th, 2012

CTW recently drafted a letter signed by nearly 30 non-profit leaders across NYC calling on the New York State Department of Education and the Board of Regents to take immediate action to prevent a lapse in test access for the state high school equivalency diploma. Full letter here.


Changes to the GED® Exam and Implications for New York

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

CTW recently released this brief overview of the pending GED® exam changes, implications for New York, and the vision from the field of the way forward: CTW Summary of GED Changes (July 2012)