Partnership for After School Education

Issue 140

March 16, 2017

New Data Brief: New York's Dismal Performance on the High School Equivalency Exam

Taking to TASC: Too Few New Yorkers Are Passing the High School Equivalency Exam is a new brief from the Center for an Urban Future. The data brief, which was funded by the Working Poor Families Project, shows a sharp drop in the number of people taking and passing the high school equivalency exam in every corner of the state. The report points out that that the New York State Education Department switched to a new high school equivalency exam in 2014 from the GED to the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). According to the Center, although New York almost certainly did the right thing in replacing the GED, early TASC results suggests that education officials and policymakers in the state need to take additional steps to ensure that many more New Yorkers can earn a high school equivalency.