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TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) Updates
 
Student Self-Registration (for Examinees who tested prior to Self-Registration) - May 23, 2014

Examinees who have already tested can now access the self-registration system. Just remind the re-tester to select, "I registered at a Test Center." Please see the screen shot below of the TASC examinee sign-in portal.

TASC Sign-In Portal Screenshot
 
Update - No 30-day Wait Period for TASC Test - May 23, 2014

Students do not have to fulfill the 30 day waiting period between retesting. *The 30 day wait period has been removed.

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

*Note: This removal of the 30-day wait period between retesting applies to the TASC test only. It does NOT apply to the TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA) at this time, since there is only one version of the TRA available at this time.

 
Update on Calculator Use on TASC test - May 21, 2014

Good Morning All,

I have received several emails from ABE and Option teachers concerning the calculator used on the TASC test.  When we first received the TI-30XS Multiview Calculator, it was determined that teachers needed more time to instruct students on the functions of the  TI-30XS Multiview Calculator.  It appears that some teachers already have students proficient on the TI-30XS Multiview Calculator and were disappointed when the student reported that the GED calculators were still being used on the TASC. 

Please, let your test coordinator/examiner know if your students prefer the TI-30XS Multiview Calculator, and that calculator will be provided for your student rather than the calculator used for the GED test.

On July 1, 2014, all testing centers will be providing only the TI-30XS Multiview CalculatorBy this date, all students attending ABE classes and Option Pathway classes should have received training on this calculator, and all examinees taking the TASC test will be issued the TI-30XS Multiview Calculator.   

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 

 
Scheduled TASC Outages - May 21, 2014

Dear TASC Customers,

A number of outages are typically scheduled throughout the year in order to maintain and upgrade CTB’s online testing systems.  These outages always occur during weekend and overnight hours to minimize any testing disruption.

We realize that our Adult Assessment customers frequently use the system during non-traditional business hours and for that reason, we are providing you with a schedule of our planned upgrade outages for 2014 so that you can plan accordingly.

The CTB Online Assessment System will be offline as follows:
                                             

  • June 21, 12:00 AM EDT – 11:59 PM EDT
  • July 25, 11:00 PM EDT – July 27, 8:00 AM EDT
  • Sept. 26, 11:00 PM EDT – Sept. 28, 8:00 AM EDT
  • Dec, 19, 11:00 PM EDT – Dec. 21, 8:00 AM EDT

We understand the impact these outages have on your operations and are therefore exploring ways to further minimize disruptions.  Thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions please contact Customer Support.

Sincerely,

TASC Test Helpdesk
CTB / McGraw-Hill Education
P: (888) 282-0589 | E: TASCTest_Helpdesk@ctb.com

 
Writing Mastery Indicators - May 21, 2014

Some have questioned the fact that the Writing Mastery Indicators does not break down the concepts evaluated on the test.  I emailed CTB concerning this and received the following email:

"Unfortunately, the only indicators that we have are listed on the Candidate Report.  There is no other in depth or detailed information regarding the students performance."  

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 
State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma - May 19, 2014

Good Morning All,

I have received many emails concerning paying the $10 fee for the letter with the raised seal, which will be sent to an employer or college until printing is available, rather than the diploma/transcript.  If the individual making the request wants us to send the letter with the raised seal ONLY, the request should have these directions across the top of the request and the $10 fee does not have to be included with the request.  Nevertheless, most businesses and colleges require the OFFICIAL diploma/transcript for their files.  That is why we will accept the $10 fee now, send the letter for right now and the OFFICIAL diploma/transcript when we are able to print these documents. 

If the individual does not include the $10, an Official diploma/transcript will not be mailed later on to the employer or college.

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 
State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma - May 16, 2014

Good Afternoon All,

I just want to give you an update on the progress of Oklahoma Scoring Service (OSS) accepting the TASC scores in a format so that diplomas may be printed and combining the TASC and GED test scores.  The programmers are working solely on this issue; nevertheless, the completion date is August 1, 2014.  Until that time, we are working to see if OSS will be able to manually input the scores so that diplomas may be printed. 

As a result, those achieving their State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma may not receive the diplomas until  August.  If your students need a TASC diploma for a job or to enter post-secondary, they may continue to complete the attached Release of Information Form.  Once we receive the Release of Information Form we will provide a letter with a raised seal to the employer or post-secondary institution confirming passing scores.  Once we are able to print diplomas, we will send the official document to the requested entity.

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 
Examinee Online TASC Registration - May 16, 2014

Good Afternoon All,

It has been requested by CTB/McGraw-Hill that students who have previously taken the TASC not to use the new Examinee Online TASC Registration.

Rather than use the registration system, please give these students’ names to the Test Coordinator or Examiner.  The Test Coordinator or Examiner will continue to register these Examinees who have previously tested on the TASC in the West Virginia Test Assessing Secondary Completion.

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 
Examinee Online TASC Registration - May 14, 2014

Good Morning All,

Thanks to those who were able to participate in the WV TASC Registration Training on Friday, May 9th.  The training demonstrated how Examinees may register for the TASC test online at West Virginia Test Assessing Secondary Completion, http://wv-ctb.eresources.ws/. The training WebEx should be posted on the WVDE TASC, http://wvde.state.wv.us/tasc/, and WVDE ABE, http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/, sometime this week.

Although the students register for the TASC online at a different site, the process is very similar to the Wizard process.  Whatever method used by a center to provide the registration to the Examinee via the Wizard will work with the same procedures on the West Virginia Test Assessing Secondary Completion site. Registering the students varied from center to center as being the responsibility of the ABE Instructor, Option Pathway Teacher, Test Coordinator or the Examiners. The time that registration occurred was also determined by the centers. Both of these processes will work with the TASC online registration.

Although the students confirm that age requirements were met, West Virginia will continue to complete the West Virginia TASC Form.  This form has the requirements for the various age groups and passing the TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA).  Test Coordinators will use the West Virginia TASC Form to confirm that the documents were provided for the sixteen (16), seventeen (17) or eighteen (18) year olds.  Even though the confirmation for the online registration process was questioned for the eighteen year olds and older to provide documentation of being withdrawn, the West Virginia TASC Form only requests that the eighteen (18) year olds provide this documentation.  We will continue with this process.  I will request that CTB/McGraw-Hill remove the “and older”.

Although the students are able to select that the TRA was passed, West Virginia will continue to complete the West Virginia TASC Form.  The Test Coordinators or Examiners will not test the TASC Examinee unless the ABE Instructor or Option Pathway Teacher has signed off on the West Virginia TASC Form that the Examinee has passed the TRA. 

Although the students are able to select the test date on the online TASC Registration, the staff conducting the online registration session will tell the students the date/s to select.  Test Coordinators and Examiners must share the testing scheduled dates with all involved with the TASC testing procedures.  Therefore, teachers will know the exact date to have the students to select and will inform the student the time testing begins.  Another way to force the Examinee to select a particular test date is for Test Coordinators or Examiners to control the dates on the calendar.  The Step-by- Step Procedure for establishing testing dates will be emailed to Test Coordinators and Examiners in a separate email. 

Although the students are able to register for the test online and the Test Coordinator and Examiner do not have control of the number of students registering for a test, the procedure used in the past will also help to limit the number registering for the testing.  Registration is limited to the number of computers available.  In the past with the paper based GED test, centers also had a limited number of paper pencil tests available.  The number registering for the test was controlled by a sign in sheet used by the teachers or other methods.  Whatever method works for your center to control the number registering for a testing session should continue to work with the online registration process.

The great news about the registration process is that the Examinee will once again have access to scores and that we still maintain control over the registration process as with the WizardJ

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 
Accommodations - Extended Time - May 1, 2014

Good Morning All,

Until an issue is resolved with the extended time accommodation on the computer based test, CTB/McGraw-Hill has requested that anyone receiving the accommodation of extended time to use the paper based TASC.

Test Coordinators or Examiners, the paper based TASC may be requested from Debbie Lively, dlively@access.k12.wv.us.  Please, let Ms. Lively know if the Examinee was approved for other accommodations such as audio version or large print, and if the Examinee has previously tested on the TASC, let her know the remaining forms available for the Examinee.

I will keep you posted concerning the extended time accommodationJ

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 
Combining Scores - Update - April 25, 2014

Good Morning All,

Many are sending emails requesting that scores be combined.  In the email you are listing the student information and typing the scores from both the GED and the TASC.  We cannot accept the typed written scored from anyone.  We must have a copy of the both score reports. 

If an Examinee needs scores combined for the GED and TASC, please follow these directions:

  • Print copies of the Unofficial GED Score Report and the TASC Candidate Report
  • Scan these copies as one document and save to your computer
  • Attach them to an email addressed to me with the Subject: Combine Scores
  • In the email, please list name of Examinee, DOB and last four digits of Social Security Number

Once I receive the email, the candidate is sent a letter with a department seal.  The letter is congratulating the student for mastering scores to combine the tests for a passing score and also states that the process for combining scores will take a little longer; thus the diploma will take longer to process.   

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 
Bulletin #9 - March 21, 2014

ABE Practitioners:

We are currently experiencing some technical problems with the new online Tasc Readiness Assessment (TRA). Until further notice, any form of the OPT may be used to determine readiness for the TASC. Examinees must score a minimum of 420 on each subject area. Mathematics still seems to be the subtest with the lowest scores and I would recommend a score of 450 on the Mathematics to give students a better chance of passing.

Below are two documents. One is a list of questions and answers that will be posted on the WVDE website at: http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/.  Some of the questions are specific to WV, while others  are general questions and answers about the TASC. I hope this will help clear up some concerns. Many of these answers are also on the TASC website at http://www.tasctest.com/. The second attachment is the TRA scoring table that predicts readiness for the TASC if you are using the TRA.

Please continue to send questions about the TASC and we will answer and post them to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) site. Here’s a bit of good news. CTB informed us yesterday that even though a small number of WV students have tested on the TASC at this point, we have a 74% passage rate. Actually, I think that is GREAT NEWS!

Thank you for your continued patience with the process of changing our assessment. I realize it is hard on everyone; especially our students and everyone is working very hard to resolve all the issues. Stay with us, things will get better. 

Dr. Debrah Frazier Varner
Executive Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 

Bulletin #8 - February 19, 2014

The State ABE Office is in the process of ordering the online Task Readiness Assessment (TRA) for all programs – ABE Programs, Option Pathway Programs, and Office of Institutional Educational Programs.  We anticipate having the online version available to local programs by March 3, 2014. During this transition time (March, 2014) you may continue to use the Official Practice Test (OPT) to qualify applicants for the TASC. When using the OPT the applicant must score a minimum of 420 on each content area.

Programs may order the print version of the TRA using the order form below. When completing this form, indicate your RESA and your program as the site name (ex. RESA III/Boone County Learning Center or OIEP/Anthony Center or RESA III/ Option Pathway Putnam County Career and Tech Center) and use your RESA site number (from the list below) in the space for site number. Be sure to use your shipping address – not RESA in the address line. Also below is the Purchasing Qualification Statement that must be completed for first time ordering.

The print version of the TASC Readiness Assessment will be available February 28, 2014. For other questions, contact CTB Customer Service at 1-888-282-0589.

Also, while we are in this transitional phase, applicants who are applying for the PROMISE scholarship must score an average of 550 points on the five subtests of the TASC to qualify for the PROMISE. This score may change after full implementation of the TASC is in effect.

Thank you for your patience with the transitional process. We are making progress every day and CTB is working with us to make the new process work smoothly.

Debbie

Dr. Debrah Frazier Varner
Executive Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 

Combining of GED and TASC Scores - Update as of January 8, 2014

During 2014, the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development is providing a grace period of one year for combining GED® passing score/s and TASC passing score/s to earn the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma. A TASC candidate may use passing score/s of 410 or above on the content areas of the GED® Test to be combined with the passing score/s of 500 or above on the subject areas of the TASC to earn the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma. The passing GED® content area scores must have been mastered during 2002-2013. The candidate will only have to take the subject area/s of the TASC where passing scores were not achieved on the GED® test. 

If the candidate passed all GED® tests with a 410 or above but did not master the total passing points of 2250 or average of 450 to earn the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma, the candidate must select and pass one of the TASC subject areas with a score of 500 to earn the deficient points. 

Once a passing score is achieved with the TASC subject area/s, the score report will only show the TASC scores. The ABE Instructor, Testing Coordinator or Examiner must email Debra Kimbler, dkimbler@access.k12.wv.us, the name, date of birth and Social Security Number of the candidate. If available, the TASC score/s and GED® score/s should also be scanned and included in the email. The results will be combined and a diploma will be issued. This process will take time as inputting scores must be done individually. Please, allow up to three to four weeks to complete the process.

Debra Kimbler
Assistant Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 

 

Bulletin #7 - December 20, 2013

On December 17, 2013, WVDE state staff met with representatives of CTB/McGraw-Hill in person and via webinar and agreed upon the following timeline.

  • January 10, 2014 - Paper based testing may be ordered
  • January 31, 2014 - Computer based TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA) will be available (replaces the OPT)
  • February 24, 2014 - Computer based testing will be available
  • February 28, 2014 - Paper based TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA) will be available (replaces the OPT)
  • March 3, 2014 - Paper based testing will be available

While the implementation timeline is not as progressive as we would like, the ultimate goal is to transition as seamlessly as possible for our students. That means making sure we are making methodical changes by getting our testing centers fully equipped and certified, providing training for registration, verifying the scoring process and giving teachers time to find additional resources.  

Below are several documents for your information. These include a Fact Sheet for TASC, the PowerPoint from the TASC teacher training, a list of publications recommended by CTB, and a blueprint of the Social Studies standards. All these documents will be posted on the WVDE website in January. Additional trainings will also be scheduled in January and February to give you more information as it becomes available.

May you enjoy the spirit of Christmas with your family and friends and have a Happy New Year.

Best wishes,
Debbie

Dr. Debrah Frazier Varner
Executive Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 

Bulletin #6 - November 22, 2013

I am pleased to announce that CTB/McGraw Hill has been selected as the vendor to provide a new High School Equivalency Assessment in West Virginia. Effective January 1, 2014 the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) will be the official assessment used to award the West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma.

TASC will be available in both paper-and-pencil and online formats  to support a gradual transition to online assessment in West Virginia. The assessment consists of five subtests: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

The cost of the test is $52 for all five subtests. Scholarships for testing fees will be provided by the state to applicants who successfully pass a practice test.

Training for both Examiners and ABE Instructors are being scheduled throughout the state in December. Initial trainings will be face-to-face with webinar follow-up sessions.

This is an exciting and challenging time for ABE in West Virginia. The new assessment is one of the first steps to help us move our students towards being college and career ready when they leave ABE.

More information and details of the TASC will be available in the next few weeks. As always, thank you for all that you do to improve the lives of adults in WV and I hope you have a relaxing and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Debbie

Dr. Debrah Frazier Varner
Executive Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 

Bulletin #5 - October 3, 2013

This email is being sent as an informational update to the last bulletin sent out in September. The decision has been made by the State ABE Office to offer a grace period of 1 (one) year for students who have not passed all parts of the 2002 Series GED® test to allow for retesting. While a vendor has not yet been selected to provide the new assessment that will be used to award the West Virginia Department of Education High School Equivalency Diploma, all vendors who submitted a bid have agreed to combine GED® Test scores with the new assessment scores.

We hope that this will give many students ample time to complete the test successfully. Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED® test, but not passed all five parts, still only have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to take those parts they have not passed with the new assessment that will be in place in January, 2014.
Scores from the GED® test and the new assessment will be combined. While this gives instructors and students a little breathing room, these are some issues to consider:

  • The 2002 Series GED® test will no longer be offered in West Virginia after the end of December, 2013.
  • The new assessment that will be in place on January 2, 2014 will have a percentage of questions aligned to the Common Core State Standards- which may require higher level thinking skills and content specific knowledge in the areas of science and social studies.
  • Paper based testing will still be available in some areas but many testing sites will be moving to Computer-based testing where all parts of the assessment must be taken online – this includes the writing test which will require keyboarding skills.
  • Prior to taking the GED test or the new assessment, test takers must still take and pass an Official Practice Test (OPT).
  • The grace period ends January, 2015.

The State ABE Office strongly recommends that teachers, examiners, and administrators continue to encourage test takers who haven’t successfully completed all parts of the GED® test to retest before the end of 2013. The WVDE Office of Communication will be launching an awareness campaign shortly to get this message to others across the state.

As always, thank you for all that you do to help students build skills for success.

Debbie

Dr. Debrah Frazier Varner
Executive Director
Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Building 6, Room 230
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 26501
Phone: (304) 558-0280
Fax: (304) 558-3946
 
ABE Hotline: 1-800-642-2670