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The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognizes that today’s workplace presents numerous opportunities and challenges for adults in West Virginia. Employers need workers with strong basic skills and an ability to adapt to change. Today’s families are faced with multiple responsibilities as they address their children’s educational needs as well as their own. Special populations, such as the homeless and incarcerated, must deal with additional challenges in order to lead safe and productive lives.

To effectively serve the foundational learning needs of these diverse groups, a learning system that is flexible and responsive is necessary.

The WV Adult Education programs build skills for success by providing adults with the opportunity to acquire and improve functional skills necessary to enhance the quality of their lives as workers, family members, and citizens. These programs play an important role in fostering productive employment, effective citizenship, personal and family growth, self-esteem, and dignity for adult learners.

Individuals eligible to receive services must be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under State law. Additionally, an eligible individual must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) be basic skills deficient, 2) not have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or 3) be an English language learner.

Educational services are available at no cost to adult learners and are designed to meet the educational needs of each individual. Certified adult education instructors provide instruction.

The West Virginia Department of Education’s (or state department) approved high school equivalency (HSE) assessment offers adults a “second opportunity” to prove acquisition of the contemporary high school skills and life skills. For the thousands of West Virginians who have not completed high school, the issuance of the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate academic skills at a high school level of competency.

The first step is to locate the nearest adult education classroom (link) and contact the instructor to schedule an appointment. At that time the instructor will work with you to determine the specific steps you need to achieve your goal.

Next, is to work on the steps of the education plan which you and your instructor developed. This can include in-person instruction, virtual instruction, and distance education methods.

Then, you’ll take the TASC Readiness Assessment to determine your ability to pass the actual High School Equivalency (HSE) exam.

Once you are ready, your instructor will assist you to register for the HSE at a nearby testing center.

Finally, take (& pass) your HSE exam!

West Virginia’s adult distance education program provides a flexible learning opportunity for West Virginia adults who need to prepare for the high school equivalency test, or who wish to brush up on their basic academic skills in preparation for an upcoming test for entrance into a college or into the workforce. And it’s free! You can now study any time of the day or night on a computer or mobile device with Internet access. *

Some of the approved software programs for distance education in West Virginia Adult Education include Edgenuity®TASC Prep Academy™Computer Essentials™,  and Burlington English®. The content of these programs varies from courses in healthcare occupations to information technology to courses in Accuplacer® Exam Preparation and to learning English as a Second Language.

In order to participate in the distance education program, you must be a West Virginia resident and be able to go to an onsite class to take the assessment test and enroll.

*Distance Education is available in limited areas. Call the Adult Education Hotline at 800-642-2670 or contact Rebecca Metzger at rmetzger@k12.wv.us to find the nearest adult learning center in your area which offers distance learning opportunities.

All candidates must be at least 16 years old to be admitted to TASC™ testing.

  • There are specific guidelines for 16, 17, and 18-year-olds. Contact your local adult learning center.
  • 16, 17, and 18-year-olds who are still enrolled in school may qualify for the Option Pathway Program, which enables students to take the TASC™ test while still enrolled in school as part of their program of study. Students must meet program guidelines and must be referred to the Option Pathway by a teacher, counselor or school administrator.
  • All candidates must pass the TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA). All adult education programs are authorized to give the TRA.
  • The Adult Education or Option Pathway teacher will assist with the online registration and scheduling for the TASC™ test.
    • DO NOT COMPLETE THE TASC ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS WITHOUT PASSING THE TRA OR WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF AN ADULT EDUCATION OR OPTION PATHWAY TEACHER.

Residency Guidelines 

  • West Virginia does not have a residency requirement, but if you decide to take the TASC™ test in West Virginia, your diploma will be issued as a State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • If you wish to take the TASC™ test in another state, you must contact the state of your choice for its guidelines on testing out-of-state residents.
  • West Virginia honors TASC™ test scores from other states.

Identification

  • Current valid photo identification with current name and address, birth date, and preferably a Social Security number is required prior to all testing sessions.
    • A current valid driver’s license.
    • A valid Department of Motor Vehicles picture identification.
    • A valid passport.
    • An institutional identification while a resident of the facility (i.e., Job Corps, correctional institutions, etc.).
    • Option students may use their current school ID.
    • Mountaineer Challenge Academy (MCA) cadets may use the MCA ID during the post-residential phase of the program by providing documentation of their status with MCA. After the one year post-residential phase, the MCA cadet must obtain one of the IDs listed above.
  • The examiner has the authority to require additional identification for positive verification.

Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC test) is a national high school equivalency (HSE) assessment that allows adults to prove the acquisition of contemporary high school skills. This assessment was developed by CTB/McGraw-Hill and is designed to provide equivalency for a high school diploma as well as higher-level college and career readiness. It is aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education used in our state.

The TASC test assesses knowledge and skills in five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The TASC test has been nationally-normed and measures the examinee’s level of achievement relative to that of graduating high school seniors as well as readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The TASC test is available in English and Spanish as well as in large print, Braille, and audio versions. The five sections take a total of seven hours to complete and may be taken separately on different days (depending on the testing center’s schedule).

To pass the TASC test, examinees must demonstrate a level of achievement that meets or surpasses approximately 40 percent of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. See https://tasctest.com/demo-home/publishers/about-tasc-test/tasc-test-design/ for more information.

Besides a passing score for each test section, examinees receive a second score called the College and Career Readiness (CCR) score. A student who meets or exceeds the CCR passing score would be expected to earn a C or better in a credit-bearing college-level course in the relevant subject.

As of January 1, 2014, the TASC test became the state-approved HSE assessment for West Virginia. Examinees who successfully pass the TASC test receive the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma.

TASC test assesses five subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In order to pass the TASC a score of 500 on each part is required.

TASC Test Reading Literacy

The Reading test includes multiple-choice, constructed response, and technology-enhanced questions that test an examinee’s ability to understand the information presented in excerpts from newspapers, magazines, novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and business or legal text passages. This subject area test includes both literary and informational texts.

  • There is a limit of 85 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.

TASC Test Writing

The Writing test is comprised of two parts (Language Usage and Conventions, and Writing Essay). The Writing test score is a combination of scores of the two parts.

The Language Usage and Convention part consists of multiple-choice, constructed-response, and technology-enhanced questions in which the examinee must identify errors and make corrections in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and organization.

The Writing Essay part requires the examinee to compose an essay that either states and supports a claim (argumentative) or provides information about a topic of interest (informational). The essay is scored based on the clarity of expression, organization, and development of ideas, as well as on sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling.

  • There is a time limit of 110 minutes for the Writing section. This includes 65 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions in the Language Usage and Conventions part and 45 minutes to complete the Writing Essay part.
  • Note: If a TASC test examinee completes the Language Usage and Conventions part of the Writing test in less than 65 minutes, he or she may go on to the Essay Writing portion. If the essay is completed in less than 45 minutes, the examinee may return to the first part. In addition, examinees may opt to complete the essay before they complete the multiple-choice questions to ensure they have enough time to complete the essay.
  • No score can be reported for the Writing test if the examinee’s essay is blank or “off-topic.” As a result, the examinee will have to take the entire Writing test again.
  • Even though the examinee may achieve a score of 500 or greater on the multiple choice section of the Writing test, if the examinee does not pass the essay section of the Writing test with a score of 2 or higher, then the Writing test score will indicate “Did Not Pass,” and the examinee must retake the entire Writing test.
  • The essay score is located on the Candidate Report at the bottom of the page under Mastery Indicators: Writing.
  • Those who are physically unable to write may be assigned a scribe or given the opportunity to produce a draft response, and edit it, in an acceptable manner. These special provisions must be made through the accommodations process.

TASC Test Mathematics

The Mathematics test includes test items in the following content areas: number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry questions, statistics, and probability. Most of the items are word problems that involve real-life situations. Other items ask examinees to interpret information presented in diagrams, charts, graphs, and tables. Most of the test items are in multiple-choice format, but the test also includes gridded response items. A mathematics formula sheet is provided for both sections.

The Mathematics test consists of two sections. Part 1 allows examinees to use an approved calculator. The computer-based version of TASC has an online TI-30XS calculator built-in. Handheld calculators are available upon request at the test sites for examinees to use with either the paper-based or computer-based versions of the TASC test.

  • There is a time limit of 55 minutes to complete Part 1 of the Mathematics test.
  • Part 2 is taken without the use of a calculator unless special testing accommodations have been granted due to a documented disability. All examinees have access to a page of Mathematic formulas to use during the test.
  • There is a time limit of 50 minutes to complete Part 2 of the Mathematics test.
  • Note: Examinees may NOT go back and forth between sections of the Mathematics test. They must complete Part 1 before they can begin Part 2. If they complete Part 2 before the allotted time limit, they may not return to Part 1.

TASC Test Social Studies

The Social Studies test includes items that are designed to measure concepts and skills from the following content areas: history, economics, geography, civics, and government. This test is a gauge of examinees’ understanding of the basic principles in each of these content areas. The test items include reading passages, illustrations, graphs, and charts. This test consists of multiple-choice, constructed-response, and technology-enhanced questions.

  • There is a time limit of 75 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.

TASC Test Science

The Science test consists of multiple-choice, constructed-responses, and technology-enhanced questions that cover content in the areas of physical science, life science, and earth and space science. Each discipline is subdivided into several Core Ideas, which each contain multiple performance expectations. Each test item assesses one performance expectation. Test items require examinees to recall knowledge, apply knowledge and skills, and apply reasoning skills. Answering questions for this subtest requires a combination of excellent reading skills, specific content knowledge, and the ability to interpret scientific data. Data may be presented in paragraph form, graphs, maps, tables, figures, and charts. As in Part 2 of the Mathematics subject area, the use of the approved calculator is allowed for the Science test. However, there is no formula sheet available for use on this test.

  • There is a time limit of 75 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.

Individuals must take and pass all five subject area tests of the high school equivalency assessment (currently the TASC test) to receive the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma. The state of West Virginia has provided funding for individuals to take the high school equivalency assessment for free. In order to get the free testing, examinees must go to an Adult Education (AdultEd) classroom to take the state-approved high school equivalency (HSE) practice test (currently the TASC Test Readiness Assessment) and receive a passing score in each subject area. Individuals may also choose to attend classes at an AdultEd center to brush up on skills to help them prepare for the TASC test.

DRC|CTB supports the intent of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and is committed to supporting access to TASC test for candidates with disabilities. The TASC test design includes accessible formats and allowable resources that are available to all examinees.

Test candidates may access three types of support during TASC testing.

  1. Special Testing Accommodations

Special testing accommodations (e.g., extended time, audio, frequent breaks, etc.) are available on the TASC® Tests for test candidates with documented disabilities (including learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and emotional or psychological disabilities.) Test candidates who wish to apply for special testing accommodation must complete the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form, located at https://tasctest.com/demo-home/educators-policymakers/accommodations-for-disabilities/. Once the form has been completed, it should be mailed or faxed to Ellen Killion, WV State TASC Administrator at:

Office of Adult Education
Attn:  Ellen Killion, State TASC Administrator
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Building 6, Suite 825
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Fax: 304.558.4874

Each request for special testing accommodations is considered on an individual basis and are only approved if the candidate submits appropriate documentation diagnosing his/her disability or disorder and that supports the need for the specified accommodations. The approval process normally takes 6-8 weeks. Upon approval of special testing accommodations, a letter is sent to the test candidate as well as to the TASC test coordinator. The test candidate should present a copy of the approval letter to the adult education or Option Pathway teacher at the time of TASC test registration and/or scheduling.

  1. Allowable resources

Allowable resources include tools, procedures and materials that are permitted by use of examinees if needed. Examples of allowable resources include magnifying devices, colored overlays, earplugs, seat cushions, etc. Unlike special testing accommodations, allowable resources do not require formal approval; however, prior notification of intent to use are required for specific allowable resources. For more information, see the TASC Allowable Resources document located at https://tasctest.com/demo-home/educators-policymakers/accommodations-for-disabilities/.

  1. Alternate Test Formats

The TASC test is available in English and Spanish in alternate formats, including Braille and large print. Although West Virginia test centers are primarily computer-based testing sites, test candidates may request a paper-based test if desired. Prior notification must be given to the examiner if a Braille, large print, or paper-based test is requested. The examiner will have to request the test from the State TASC Office and will notify the teacher as to when the candidate may be scheduled for the TASC test.

Unofficial TASC Scores

  • Please login to your account created during the registration at West Virginia Test Assessing Secondary Completion, https://westvirginia.tasctest.com/.
  • If your scores are not posted ten (10) days after testing contact your local TASC Test Coordinator or TASC Examiner.

Transcript of Official TASC Scores or GED Scores

    • Official scores of your TASC results or GED results are kept by the West Virginia Department of Education High School Equivalency Records.
    • Your original diploma and transcript will be mailed to you at no charge.
    • Colleges, universities, and employers require a transcript of your official scores.
    • You may obtain an additional transcript, replacement diploma, or verification by completing the online request at DiplomaSender – www.diplomasender.com – Copyright © 2014 Lilac, LLC. Detailed directions can be downloaded here.

If you have requested a copy of your scores and it has been longer than 72 hours, please call (304) 558-6315.

The English Language Acquisition (ELA) program addresses the needs of adult English Language Learners (ELLs) including immigrants, temporary residents, and citizens of the U.S. whose native language is not English or who live in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language.

For more information please contact the WVAdultEd Hotline at 1-800-642-2670 and they will help you locate the closest program to you.

The goal of Integrated English Language and Civics Education (IELCE) is to prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment with in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency.

For more information please contact the WVAdultEd Hotline at 1-800-642-2670.

Some counties have local volunteer literacy programs. If there isn’t a volunteer literacy program, the adult education instructor can schedule one-on-one tutoring.

For more information please contact the WVAdultEd Hotline at 1-800-642-2670.

WV Adult Education classes serve adults with disabilities. Instructors are trained to assist with special accommodations that might be needed for testing situations. Instructors can help in accessing accommodations for adult learners.