HiSET® Research

The HiSET® exam was developed based on extensive research. Below are links to ETS research related to adult learners, job readiness and 21st-century skills. These areas are particularly relevant to the development of the HiSET exam, adult education nationwide and the high school equivalency market.

An Independent Study of the Alignment between the 2016 HiSET Exam Items and College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
In May 2015, WestEd contracted with ETS to conduct an independent, third-party analysis of the alignment between items in the 2016 HiSET exam item pool for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS‐AE) released in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE). Outcomes from this study were intended to provide the HiSET development team with an independent evaluation of the degree to which items appearing on HiSET test forms correspond to the CCRS in the two content areas. This report describes the methodology used to complete this scope of work and the findings from specified analyses.

Adult Education in America: A First Look at Results from the Adult Education Program and Learner Surveys
The Adult Education Program Study (AEPS) was conducted to provide comprehensive information about federally funded adult education programs and the skills of participants enrolled in those programs.

Human Capital and International Large-Scale Assessment
As societies become increasingly advanced, adults are expected to use information in more complex ways and to maintain and enhance their skills in literacy, numeracy, science and problem-solving in technology-rich environments throughout their lifetimes. Such skills are critical not only for personal achievement, but also for positive social, educational and economic outcomes around the world.

Job Readiness and 21st Century Skills
ETS is focused on identifying and assessing the skills needed for today's job market.

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