Email to HiSET
Examiners on 10/2/14
It was wonderful seeing all of you
at our annual HiSET meeting; sharing information and strategies is always
invigorating. Most importantly, the work you are doing is very important, and the
annual meeting validates your efforts.
There were several items we
discussed that need follow-up. Below is a summary of each item:
When looking at the state policy, we
discussed why someone with a diploma could not take the HiSET if they needed to
demonstrate academic competencies for employment or further education. I
checked with board rule, and this is unallowable. (Board rule 10.66.111)
10.66.111 QUALIFCATIONS FOR
CANDIDATE TO RECEIVE HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMAS
(1) Candidates shall not be currently enrolled in school or have received
an accredited high school diploma or high school equivalency credential.
For students/clients needing
verification, or an explanation, on the validity of the HiSET, the OCTAE letter
issued by the Acting Assistant Secretary of Education is attached for you to
distribute as needed.
The HSE letter created by HiSET/ETS
for you to share with test takers is in the process of being signed by
representatives from the HiSET and TASC states. This will be available very
The brief research document Recommending Passing
Scores for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) is attached
for you to share with anyone wanting to know about the standards-setting
process or the rigor of the test.
It was agreed that subtest fees
collected on the day of testing would be much easier for students and test
centers. The online registration has created mobility for test takers, and
paying for the battery has created challenges. Also, different fees for
subtests and retakes has created confusion. Many of you expressed that the $15
battery fee was not adequately covering your test center expenses. As we
discussed, I would like you to send me an email with details supporting a need
for an increase, as well as your suggested subtest fee. We will be sending you
a list of fees charged by other states in the coming days, this can be your
guide as you think about covering your expenses. I will combine all of your information
into one document for a proposed action item for the Board of Public Education.
If you can get your information to me by January 2nd, I may be able to bring
this to the March Board meeting. This would then go to the summer meeting for a
vote. For those of you not wanting to charge a fee or the full fee, it was
agreed upon that the language must remain that centers can charge up to, but
not exceed the voted on amount.
An agenda and Power Point have been
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Adult Literacy and Basic Education
Office of Public Instruction
Helena MT 59620-2501