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High School Equivalency 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education selected a new high school equivalency test that started January 2014. Missouri's High School Equivalency (HSE) test is the HiSET test developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Test takers can visit http://hiset.ets.org/test_takers to schedule their High School Equivalency (HSE) testing.

HiSET Standards Set Governing Board

Educational Testing Service is committed to the provision of a high quality, effective High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). To achieve this goal, we have partnered with the adult-education administration in states that use HiSET. ETS has appointed a HiSET Governing Board to help us set overall direction for the program, including the setting of standards for performance through a systematic and established standards review process.  The Governing Board has a senior-level representative from each state administering HiSET.

ETS conducted a HiSET standard setting in April 2014 which included educators from classrooms in 11th and 12th grade, adult education, and correctional facilities across the country.  The standard setting panel provided a performance standard recommendation for each of the subject areas.  In June 2014, the Governing Board met and reviewed these recommendations along with information about the current standards and test-taker performance to date.  As a result of this review, the Governing Board recommended to ETS an adjusted passing score, which ETS accepted and will implement by August 2014. While the passing scaled score will remain the same, the raw score on each test that maps to that scaled score will change.  

The adoption of a revised passing score is consistent with HiSET’s commitment to a phased approach to increased rigor over time.  The ETS HiSET program is a partnership with our states and continues to meet changing expectations for high school graduates and what is needed to enter the workforce or college.

September 2015 Dropout Report Summary    

School Name Count Of School Name
Grandview R-2 High School *
Jackson R2 *
Lathrop High School *
Liberty 53 8
Maries Co R-2 *
Mehlville School District 5
Mexico School District 7
Moberly School District 3
Montgomery County R-II Schools 5
Neosho R-5 20
Nixa R-II School District 5
Osage County R-III *
Potosi R-III 11
Raymore-Peculiar R-II 9
School of the Osage *
Shelby County R-IV 3
Silex RI School District  *
Southland C-9 3
St James R-I 4
St. Charles R-VI *
Ste. Genevieve R-11  3
Troy R-III 3
University City *
Waynesville RVI 5
Webb City R7 3
West Plains R-7 6

* Fewer than three students

October 2015 Dropout Report Summary  

School Name Count Of School Name
Blair Oaks R-II *
Blue Springs RIV 15
Branson School 16
Camdenton R-III 10
Cameron R-I 4
Carl Junction R-1 6
Carrollton R-VII School District *
Cassville R-IV *
Center 58 3
Dadeville R-II *
Doniphan High School 4
Eldon R-1 *
Excelsior Springs *
Ferguson-Florissant 22
Festus High School 4
Fox High School 5
Francis Howell 7
Hazelwood School District 19
Independence 30 64
Jackson R-2 *
Jefferson City Public Schools 13
Joplin R8 12
Lamar R-1 4
Lebanon R-III 7
Liberty 53 5
Maries Co R-2 *
Mehlville School District 9
Mexico Public Schools 8
Moberly School District *
Monroe City R-I *
Neosho R-5 *
Nixa R-II School District 9
Northwest R-1 16
Potosi R-III *
Raymore-Peculiar R-II 5
Special School District of St Louis County 10
Springfield R-12 Central 18
Stockton R-I *
Troy R-III 9
University City 3
Warren County R-III 3
Waynesville RVI 3
Webb City R7 5
Winfield R-IV 4

* Fewer than three students