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California Department of Education to hold public hearings on changes to equivalency test regulations

Posted on 05/09/2013

The California Department of Education (CDE External link opens in new window or tab) staff, on behalf of the State Board of Education (SBE), will hold a public hearing on amendments to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 regarding the General Education Development Test. (GED®) The hearing will be in room 1801 at CDE, 1430 N Street, Room 1801, Sacramento, CA on May 14, 2013 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

At the hearing, any person may present statements or arguments, orally or in writing, relevant to the proposed action described in the Informative Digest. The SBE requests, but does not require, that persons who make oral comments at the hearing also submit a written summary of their statements. No oral statements will be accepted subsequent to this public hearing.

Existing regulations designate the GED® Test owned by the American Council on Education (ACE) as the only assessment which may be administered for purposes of issuing a CA high school equivalency certificate. The proposed amendment will permit the CDE to recommend for approval other assessments such as the Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™) recently launched by CTB/McGraw Hill.

Copies of the exact language of the proposed regulations and of the initial statement of reasons, and all of the information upon which the proposal is based are available on CDE's Web site External link opens in new window or tab. These documents may also be obtained upon request from the Regulations Coordinator.