TASC Test and the Common Core

In the past, as an educational publisher you know that each state set its own standards for learning a subject. That meant that the standards, books and other publications were different for every state.  A number of studies conducted during the 1990s showed that a disturbing number of students were graduating high school without the skills needed to qualify for jobs or enter college. Someone needed to help solve this problem.

In 1996, at the National Education Summit, a group of governors and business leaders formed a non-profit education reform organization called “Achieve.” They invited all the states to come to an agreement in setting standards for skills needed to succeed in college and in the workplace in the 21st century.

The result was the Common Core State Standards.

What does this mean for you? Students graduating high school, starting with the class of 2014, will need to meet the new Common Core standards used by their state. If you want a high school equivalency diploma you will need to pass a test based on these new standards as well. But don’t worry, you will also be studying subjects the same way as other students in high school, and preparing for the test using the same types of questions. So when you take the pre-test, you will have the chance to practice with the types of questions you will be asked on the real test.