News and Updates
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.