Problem Statement or Business Need
The California Department of Education has approved the HiSET and TASC as high school equivalency tests which are in addition to the GED test. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/
Colleges have requested that the language in response option #4 of the High School Education Level Status field values / response options be updated to reference the acceptance of GED equivalent tests, such as the HISET and TASC exams in addition to the GED exam.
According to the regulations on academic qualifications to receive FSA funds: "A student qualifies if she..has the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, such as a general educational development or GED certificate or other state sanctioned test or diploma-equivalency certificate;"
Recognized equivalents of a high school diploma include: " a certificate or other official completion documentation demonstrating that the student has passed a state-authorized examination (such as the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or, in California, the California High School Proficiency Exam) that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma (note that certificates of attendance and/or completion are not included in this qualifying category);"
I have also attached documentation to support the need to include these new tests as a part of the application process.