Missouri selects new high school equivalency test

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | 6:52 p.m. CDT; updated 6:55 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 13, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri education officials have chosen a new high school equivalency test to replace the current GED expiring at the end of this year.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Wednesday the new exam, to be used starting in 2014, will be the HiSET developed by Educational Testing Service.

The test will cost $95, which includes a $60 registration fee and $7 for each of the five sections. Test-takers will be allowed to take the exam in sections, and the $60 registration fee will allow people to test three times during a 12-month period.

People who don't pass the first time can retake part or all of it two more times within the 12-month period by paying the additional $7-per-section fee.


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Nathan Whitaker June 13, 2013 | 6:05 a.m.

In this new test, do they ask questions relevant to 21st century skills?
Like how to spell "Missouri", for example?

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Ellis Smith June 13, 2013 | 7:32 a.m.

Given the history of matters educational during the last half of the Twentieth Century I have a tendency to wonder, when some replacement test is proposed or initiated, how much they've "dummed down" the new version. That seems to be the way American education, at all levels, is trending. We don't fix problems, we paper over them.

As for "Missour" versus "Missouri," the Missourian is welcome to use any of these excuses for poor spelling:

>Our dog ate our spelling check software.

>The dictionary we use is from a different publisher.

>That's an accepted spelling in the United Kingdom. (When are those %#@ Brits going to learn to spell English words properly?)

The excuse I use is that engineers (and Geeks in general) are notoriously bad at spelling, as well as language arts in general.

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