Missouri Chooses New High School Equivelancy test

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education told KOMU 8 News Friday it will drop the GED high school equivalency test in favor of the HiSET test.

 "The (GED) test is actually expiring," DESE spokeswoman Sarah Potter said. "Like a lot of states that use the GED test right now, they are all going through the process of finding a new test."

Potter said the state began its GED contract in 2001, but decided to go in a different direction when GED teamed up with Pearson and became a for-profit company. The state will begin to administer the HiSET test, produced by the non-profit Education Testing Services, in January 2014. It will cost $95, more than double the current $40 GED test rate.

The cost comes from a $60 registration fee and $7 for each of the test's 5 sections, reading, writing, math, social studies and science, which are the same as the sections in the current GED test.

Potter said the increased rate is lower than it could have been. She said the new GED test would have cost $140 after state fees.