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New Options Available for Ohio's High School Equivalence Test; Information Sessions Offered Locally

Ohioans now have three testing options for earning a certificate of high school equivalence. The Ohio Department of Education approved GEDHiSET and TASC as the official testing companies for adult learners to use to earn the certificate of high school equivalence, generally considered to be the equivalent of a high school diploma. These options can be taken advantage of locally through the Career & Academic Readiness Education (CARE) Program at Mid-East Career and Technology Centers.

“For individuals who haven’t earned a high school diploma, earning the certificate of high school equivalence can be a life-changing event,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “A high school diploma or its equivalent often is a minimum requirement for applying for many jobs or for being promoted. It also is needed to enroll in most colleges and advanced training programs. We are proud to provide more testing choices for individuals seeking better futures."

Nearly 11 percent of adults over the age of 18 in Ohio have not completed a high school diploma or an equivalent.

Many Ohioans require additional learning support prior to taking the tests. The state’s Aspire workforce readiness programs, funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, provide free classes for adults desiring to take the equivalence tests. Information about the local Aspire programs can be found at or by calling 740-454-7242.

“Having these high school equivalence options and the free classes offered through the Aspire program can really give those individuals who haven’t earned a high school diploma a jump start on a successful future,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “The Aspire classes and the testing options not only put these students on a pathway to continued education, but they also provide motivation by showing them that they have what it takes to succeed.”

Locally, CARE Coordinator Connie Shriver says, “At Mid-East, we are working to provide access to all options available to our community to help adults complete their high school education. We offer GED testing, we will begin HiSet testing this month, and we are working on offering the TASC test as well. The Adult Diploma and 22+ options are also available at Mid-East. We encourage anyone without a diploma to contact us to see what might be the best pathway to completion for them." 

Information sessions will be held at Mid-East Career & Technology Centers in the CARE/ABLE/Aspire building at 400 Richards Road, Zanesville on Wednesday, April 18 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sessions should last an hour and are open to anyone 19 or older who does not have a high school diploma. For more information call 740-454-7242.

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