TASC Test Information For

Colleges/Postsecondary Schools




Data Recognition Corporation | CTB is the leader in developing assessments for the adult basic education market. DRC|CTB assessments have passed rigorous reviews at the state and federal level, and for more than 50 years, the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE®) have been the premier measure of achievement used by educators, states, and employers to assess the knowledge and skills of adult learners. DRC|CTB’s expertise and capabilities in assessing adult basic education supported the company’s ability to respond to states’ need for a high quality, affordable, and accessible high school equivalency (HSE) assessment.

Recently some states and institutions of higher education have indicated that it would be helpful to have an additional, higher set of cut scores with an added level of insight into the skills, knowledge, and abilities examinees bring to their postsecondary endeavors or job pursuits. DRC|CTB is proud to introduce these new cut scores which are called the TASC Test Distinguished Achievement Benchmarks.

What is the TASC Test Distinguished Achievement Benchmark?

The TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ offers three performance levels, which are Not Yet Passing, Passing, and Distinguished Achievement. The Passing performance level determines whether examinees are eligible to receive their HSE credential. Those examinees have demonstrated a minimum level of performance in each TASC test content area which is equivalent to that of a sample of graduating high school seniors. The TASC Test Distinguished Achievement performance level is used to determine whether the examinee has earned an advanced level of performance achievement on each TASC test content area.

This third performance level for the TASC test is the Distinguished Achievement Benchmark that acknowledges a higher level of achievement earned by examinees in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, and Writing.  When viewed in conjunction with the new Proficiency Level Descriptors recently published for the TASC test, decision makers have a clear picture of exactly what an examinee knows and can do at a variety of cut scores.