Rescheduled Online TASC Test™ Renewal Training for Continuing Coordinators and Examiners
Thursday, January 14, 2021
New date: February 3, 2021 (previously January 20, 2021)
The NYSED High School Equivalency (HSE) Office has rescheduled its online TASC Test™ training – originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - until Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
This on-line training is required for all continuing TASC Test Center Coordinators and Examiners. The training will be a refresher on the test administration on PQR forms, which will continue to be used in 2021. Please complete and submit the online registration form. If you already registered for the January session, you do not need to re-register. Questions should be directed to email@example.com. Thank you.
TASC Test™ Online Training for Returning Test Center Coordinators and Examiners – January 2021
Thursday, December 10, 2020
The NYSED High School Equivalency (HSE) Office will be conducting an on-line training for all continuing TASC Test Center Coordinators and Examiners on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is a required refresher training on the PQR forms, which will continue to be administered throughout 2021. Please complete and submit the online registration form. Thank you.
Test Centers Which Receive Reimbursement for Administering TASC Tests Should Submit Vouchers
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
TASC Test Centers which receive reimbursement for administering TASC subtests under the NYSED grant, Funding for Public High School Equivalency (HSE) Test Administration, should submit any outstanding vouchers for 2020 as soon as possible.
Please see the NYS Standard Voucher form – AC92 - with instructions
If additional space is needed, please see the AC93 continuation form
HSE/TASC™ Testing Center Reimbursement Form for Downstate - Test Centers including the following counties, Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland.
HSE/TASC™ Testing Center Reimbursement Form for Upstate - Test Centers, including all counties other than those listed above.
If applicable, justification for accommodations reimbursement being claimed should be included with the packet submitted to the HSE Office. Accommodations approval letters can be printed from the examinee’s account on the DRC portal.
If you have any questions about small group testing during COVID-19, or other voucher related questions, please contact the HSE Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
On-Line Training for New TASC Test Center Coordinators and Examiners to be held in December
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The NYSED High School Equivalency (HSE) Office will be conducting an on-line orientation and training session for new Test Center Coordinators and Examiners on December 2, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. A Staff Application Form and resume are required for all applicants, who must be approved by the HSE Office prior to participating in the training. Please see: TASC Test Center Coordinators and Examiners. Please also complete an online pre-registration form at: Pre-registration form for Dec. 2020 training. Once applicants are approved by the HSE Office, the URL to access the training will be provided, and applicants will be officially registered. Questions to email@example.com. Thank you.
On-Line Training for New Test Center Coordinators and Examiners
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The High School Equivalency (HSE) Office will be conducting an on-line orientation and training session for new Test Center Coordinators and Examiners. The four hour required training will be offered mid-October. For information, please see: TASC Test Center Coordinators and Examiners. Applicants will be contacted directly by the HSE Office regarding the training date/time after the HSE Office receives their Staff Appointment Form and resume, as per the instructions. Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for TASC Test Centers
The Governor’s NY FORWARD Directives Guide the Phased Re-Opening of Services in NYS
The NYSED High School Equivalency Office is following all State and Local Department of Health Guidance concerning COVID-19, including the protocols for regional phased-in re-opening implemented by the Governor. Under such processes, eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region, as monitored by Regional Control Rooms.
TASC Test Centers should consult with their parent organizations and all State and Local Department of Health guidance regarding regional phased-in reopening as well as health and safety changes that might be necessary to implement upon re-opening.
Information can be found at the New York State Website
Guidance on Regents-HSE Pathway during COVID-19
Reporting Student Data for TASC Subtest Exemptions during COVID-19
The NYSED Board of Regents have adopted many regulatory changes to address educational challenges during COVID-19. For more information, please review the High School Equivalency (HSE) Guidance.
One regulatory change addresses students who were planning to take (canceled) TASC sub-tests and provides exemptions from TASC testing during COVID-19 if the following criteria are met:
- Enrolled in an approved alternative High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation program or an adult education preparation program; and
- Previously took and passed a combination of at least three Regents examinations and/or applicable TASC or GED subject sub-tests; and
- For the remaining two sub-tests, the student achieves a passing grade in the corresponding preparation program coursework.
Reporting of student data to the NYSED HSE Office will be conducted by alternative education and adult education preparation program administrators and not by individual student applicants. Students who believe they may be a candidate for this exemption, should work directly with their preparation program. If HSE preparation programs have questions, please contact HSETC@nysed.gov.Thank you.
Guidance on HSE Diplomas During COVID-19 Closures
NYS TASC Test Centers and COVID-19 Guidance
- All NYS TASC Test® test centers should close and remain closed until further notice.
- Test centers should contact all examinees, who are scheduled to test, to notify them that testing has been canceled and alert the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) by canceling testing in the scheduling system. Also, please notify the public in your area through postings on your web sites, phone messages, etc.
- There will be no penalties to test centers or examinees for canceled tests.
- Please send as soon as possible - to HSE or DRC - all completed testing materials and accompanying documents for all test sessions which have already occurred.
- The HSE walk up window, located at the NYSED building in Albany, will remain closed until further notice.
- All test centers, examinees and others should continue to check this HSE Announcements page for updated information.
- Test Centers should send email inquiries to the designated Test Center email box, and all others should send emails to HSE@nysed.gov.
Student Successes in TASC Preparation
Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) Releases TASC® Test PQR in Spanish
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
New York State Test Centers that administer TASC subtests in Spanish will receive their PQR Spanish Paper-Based Tests (PBT) between February 12-14, 2020. Initial order quantities have been calculated based on your actual 2019 testing numbers.
Accommodated Spanish materials will be offered via the short-add form on February 18, 2020. Ordering can begin immediately but please be aware that material fulfillment for Spanish Audio CD’s will not occur until March 26, 2020.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF IMPORTANT DATES:
February 15-17, 2020: No TASC testing should be scheduled for February 15 –17, 2020. Paper-based Spanish materials may be ordered beginning on February 18, 2020.
February 18, 2020: Computer-based and Paper-based versions of TASC Test PQR Spanish and English are available. ALL Paper-based materials can be ordered via the short-add order form on the TASC secure zone.
February 21, 2020: After the delivery of TASC Test PQR, Test Centers will need to inventory the print-based testing materials received against the TASC Test Security Checklist that will be included in the shipment. Please use the same boxes to return your old TASC Test MNO materials to DRC for secure destruction by February 21, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact TASC Test Customer Support, at DRC: TASCorders@datarecognitioncorporation.com.
Training for TASC Test™ - PQR Series
Thursday, January 23, 2020
NYSED Webinar and Power Point Presentation and “Q and A” for Examiners and Coordinators
An online webinar for the recently launched TASC Test™ - PQR series - was conducted by the NYSED High School Equivalency (HSE) Office on January 8, 2020.
Participation in the webinar training is required for all returning Coordinators and Examiners who will be administering the PQR series.
Over 400 people registered and participated in the webinar, which was recorded for viewing.
All returning Coordinators or Examiners who could not participate in the webinar on January 8th, should complete a request form to access the link to the recording.
There are also several required DRC Webinars on administering the PQR series which are available via the DRC Secure Zone. For assistance with DRC’s webinars, please contact DRC directly: email@example.com. Thank you.
NYSED Required Training for NEW TASC Test™ Test Center Coordinator and Examiners
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
HSE will provide mandated TASC Test™ administration training for all NEW Test Center Coordinators and Examiners on March 4, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the NYSED building in Albany. This one time, in-person training is required for all NEW Coordinators and Examiners and provides important information on NYSED policies and procedures for administering the TASC Test™
Visit the website for an online registration form.
For hands on training, it is best practice, if possible, to “shadow” another Examiner or Coordinator after attending the in-person training, but before officially administering the TASC Test ™.
Also, both new AND returning Examiners and Coordinators need to participate in the Data Recognition Corporation’s (DRC) online webinars on the PQR series prior to administering PQR TASC Test™ exams.
DRC Webinars are available via the Secure Zone. Please contact DRC directly : firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an issues accessing the webinars. Thank you.
Lock Boxes and MNO Materials Must be Returned to DRC Immediately
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Regents-HSE Exam Pathway
Information about the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway - specifically what constitutes Regents credit under certain circumstances - has been clarified through a revised posting of the Frequently Asked Questions.
TASC™ Testing Irregularities and Incident Reporting
Friday, December 20, 2019
Effective immediately the NYSED HSE Office will utilize Data Recognition Corporation’s (DRC) processes and forms, exclusively, for reporting all testing irregularities and incidents that may occur during TASC testing. Please review and follow the posted information at the HSE Website under Forms. Thank you.
New Online NYSED TASC™ Examinee Signature Card
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The NYSED HSE Office has developed a new signature form for examinees taking the TASC™. The online Signature and Demographic Form replaces the signature cards that were previously mailed to Test Centers by the HSE Office. Test Centers will now print the signature forms for TASC™ examinees to complete prior to testing. These completed forms will continue to be mailed to NYSED after the testing session. HSE will continue to accept the original signature cards if you would like to use them all before printing new forms. Please contact HSE@nysed.gov if you have an questions. Thank you.
TASC™ TEST PQR – IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE DATA RECOGNITION CORPORATION (DRC)
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
TESTING BEGINS FOR TASC™ TEST PQR & READINESS 8/9 ON JANUARY 21, 2020
Data Recognition Corporation is proud to announce the highly anticipated release of TASC™ Test forms PQR and Readiness Assessment 8/9. This notice is to provide you with some preliminary information and important dates about the transition from TASC™ Test MNO to TASC™ Test PQR.
Important Transition Dates:
January 8-10, 2020
- Test Coordinator Kits will be delivered to test centers. The kits will contain administrative materials to be used in conjunction with TASC™ Test PQR as well as copies of the Test Administration Manual.
January 15-17, 2020
- Paper-based versions of TASC™ Test PQR English delivered to test centers
January 17, 2020
- TASC™ Test MNO will be scheduled for test dates up to and including January 17; TASC™ Test PQR will be scheduled for test dates beginning January 21st or February 18th, depending on whether testing in English or Spanish.
- No TASC™ testing should be scheduled for January 18 – 20, 2020.
- Please take note: Spanish testing will not be available between January 18-February 17, 2020.
January 21, 2020
- Testing begins for TASC™ Test PQR and Readiness Assessment 8/9 – English
- Online Registration and Scheduling System will automatically handle the correct assignment of test forms.
- First day you will be able to print test tickets and associate/barcode answer sheets for TASC™ Test PQR administrations.
- TASC™ Test PQR Accommodated Order Form Available – English
- Large print, Braille and Audio CD’s will be available at the same time as the regular print version in each language but must be ordered separately via the short-add form.
February 12-14, 2020
- Paper-based versions of TASC™ Test PQR Spanish delivered to test centers
February 15-17, 2020
- No TASC™ testing should be scheduled for February 15 – 17, 2020.
February 18, 2020
- Testing begins for TASC™ Test PQR and Readiness Assessment 8/9 – Spanish
- Testing resumes for TASC™ Test PQR and Readiness Assessment 8/9 – English
- TASC™ Test PQR Accommodated Order Form Available – English & Spanish
- Large print, Braille and Audio CD’s will be available at the same time as the regular print version in each language but must be ordered separately via the short-add form.
February 21, 2020
- After the delivery of TASC™ Test PQR, test centers will need to inventory the print-based testing materials received against the TASC™ Test Security Checklist that will be included in the shipment. Please use the same boxes to return your old TASC™ Test MNO materials to DRC for secure destruction by February 21, 2020.
A wide range of training and support options will be available soon. Additional details will be forthcoming to guide your transition to TASC™ Test PQR.
Readiness Assessment 6/7 will continue to be supported alongside our newly available Readiness Assessment 8/9.
Please do not hesitate to contact the TASC™ Test Helpdesk with any questions.
TASC™ Test Customer Support
Notification Regarding Test Centers Need to Return TASC™ MNO Documents to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
In preparation for the upcoming TASC™ PQR administration - see announcement below dated November 21, 2019 - DRC is requesting that all Test Center Administrators return any empty/unused lock boxes in their possession by December 13, 2019.
Please consolidate remaining MNO materials into the fewest number of lock boxes needed and return any extra lock boxes.
For example: if you received four (4) lock boxes of test materials throughout the year, but materials can now be combined into two (2) boxes, consolidate those materials and immediately return your empty lock boxes to DRC.
RETAIN the key to the lock boxes; do not return it. These will continue to be used during the next administration.
To obtain a UPS return label, please send an email to TASCtesthelpdesk@DataRecognitionCorp.com Make sure to include your name, email address, number of labels needed, and your testing site code.
UPS Return Label will be provided via email only.
Print and tape the provided UPS return label(s) to each box. To arrange for a UPS pickup, call
1-866-857-1501. Retain the UPS tracking number for your files.
For more information on the TASC Test and the TASC Readiness Assessment, please visit TASCTest.com.
If you have further questions, please contact the TASC Test Customer Support at
Training Announcement: Required NYSED TASC™ Webinar for Returning Examiners and Coordinators - PQR Series
Monday, November 25, 2019
PQR Webinar for Returning TASC™ Examiners and Coordinators will be held on January 8th, 12:30PM-3:30PM via WebEx. If you have a scheduling conflict, please contact email@example.com with your availability. If there is demand, a 2nd webinar will be scheduled to accommodate, as is feasible.
This webinar is for returning Examiners and Coordinators only. All returning Examiners and Coordinators must participate in the NYSED webinar and all 2020 DRC webinars prior to administering the PQR series. DRC webinars will be released in mid-December.
Please complete this registration for each staff member from your Test Center who will be attending the webinar.
Be sure your computer is WebEx compatible prior to the webinar, as technical assistance is not provided.
Please note, New Examiners and Coordinators are required to attend an in-person training prior to administering the TASC™. Watch the HSE Announcements page for upcoming training dates. The next in person trainings will be scheduled for March and June.
DRC Announces TASC™ Updates for January 2020
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) - which is the corporation that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) contracts with to develop and score the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) - has announced that the TASC™ subtest forms PQR, and Readiness Assessment 8/9, will be launched in January 2020.
This notice is to provide you with some preliminary information and important dates about the transition from TASC™ Test MNO to TASC™ Test PQR. DRC will be sending out additional information to Test Centers in the coming weeks but wanted to make you aware of the form changes now.
Important Transition Dates:
- January 17, 2020: LAST day TASC™ Test MNO will be scheduled for administration.
- January 15-17, 2020: Paper-based versions of TASC™ Test PQR English delivered.
- January 21, 2020: TASC™ Test PQR and Readiness 8/9 English available.
- February 12-14, 2020: Paper-based versions of TASC™ Test PQR Spanish delivered.
- February 15-17 No TASC™ testing should be scheduled.
- February 18, 2020: TASC™ Test PQR and Readiness 8/9 Spanish available.
Please take note: Spanish testing will not be available between January 18-February 17, 2020.
Test Coordinator Kits will be delivered to Test Centers between January 8-10, 2020. The kits will contain administrative materials to be used in conjunction with TASC™ Test PQR as well as copies of the Test Administration Manual.
The DRC Online Registration and Scheduling System will automatically handle the correct assignment of test forms. TASC™ Test MNO can be scheduled for test dates up to and including January 17; TASC™ Test PQR will be scheduled for test dates beginning January 21st or February 18th, depending on whether testing in English or Spanish.
After the delivery of TASC™ Test PQR, Test Centers will need to inventory the print-based testing materials received against the TASC™ Test Security Checklist that will be included in the shipment. Please use the same boxes to return your old TASC™ Test MNO materials to DRC for secure destruction by February 21, 2020.
For more information on the TASC™ Test and the TASC™ 8/9 Readiness Assessment, please visit TASC wesbsite.
Update on Multiple Pathways to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma
The NYSED Board of Regents, Committee on ACCES, received an update on the multiple pathways to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma at their meeting in Albany yesterday. The full report can be found by accessing the link: Update on Pathways to a High School Equivalency Diploma
DRC Launches Accessibility Update for TASC™ Self-Registration
Monday, September 30, 2019
The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) - which develops, distributes and scores the New York State High School Equivalency exam, which is the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) - has introduced an accessibility update. This feature allows individuals with the JAWS* screen reader to use that functionality to self-register for the TASC™. The self-registration process entails setting up an account for a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) which is needed for scheduling TASC™ subtests. DRC is also continuing to work on enabling TASC™ forms to be viewed by screen readers and will provide updates over the next several months.
*JAWS, or Job Access with Speech, is a widely used screen reader developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing the screen or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for most popular computer applications on personal computers (PC).
The following HSE applications have been updated and posted under TASC™ / Forms and Manuals on the HSE website
Monday, September 30, 2019
- Application A – Application to take the TASC™
- Application R – Application to connect prior Regents exam scores with TASC™ subtest(s)
- T-TAF Form – Referral for applicants enrolled in preparation programs
- TASC ™Age Eligibility Attachment – Verification of age eligibility (replaces prior Attachments B, D and E)
Policy Guidance on the Provision of Extended Testing Time on TASC™ Subtests for Eligible Students Designated as ELL
Attachment: AHSEP ELL Guidance
Friday, September 27, 2019
New Provisions for Designated Students Taking the NYS High School Equivalency Test
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Students who are enrolled in Alternative High School Equivalency Preparation Programs (AHSEPP) and Alternative Transition Programs (ATP) - and are officially designated as English Language Learners (ELLs) - will now be permitted additional time when taking the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™). For more details, please read the memo from Deputy Commissioners Kimberly Young Wilkins and Kevin Smith.
TASC Test Center Spotlight: CA BOCES of New York State
The Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES promotes student success on obtaining their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma by engaging in the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway, where passing Regents exam scores can be combined with passing subtest scores from the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to fulfill diploma requirements. For the full story, please visit the TASC website.
TASC™ Accommodation Approval Letters
Beginning July 1, 2019, TASC™ accommodation approval letters issued by the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) will be available for viewing on the examinee’s profile in the TASC™ registration system. Test Center Coordinators were informed of this change by DRC.
Previously, approval letters were mailed directly to the examinee and the examinee had to provide a copy to the Test Center prior to the TASC™ being scheduled. Test Center Coordinators should now use the electronic approval letter in the examinee profile to schedule the TASC™ with the approved accommodations. The examinee will receive an email notifying them of the status of their request for accommodations. If you have any questions please contact the TASC™ Test Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell Phone Policy Reminder for TASC™ Examinees
NYSED High School Equivalency (HSE) Cell Phone Policy for TASC™ Examinees
All examinees taking the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC ™) are prohibited from having their cell phones or any other electronic devices with them when they are taking the TASC™. All cell phones and electronic devices must either be left at home or turned over to the Test Center Coordinators, Examiners, or Proctors upon entering the TASC™ testing room. Any examinee who is in possession of a cell phone, or any other prohibited electronic devices, and refuses to relinquish them shall be denied entrance to the testing room and will not be allowed to take the TASC™. The electronic devices referenced above include, but are not limited to:
- Cell phones
- iPods and MP3 players
- iPads, tablets, and other e-Readers
- Personal laptops, notebooks, or any other computing devices
- Cameras or other photographic equipment
- Wearable devices/smart wearables, including smart watches and health wearables with a display
- Headphones, headsets, or in-ear headphones such as earbuds
- Any other device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content
It is the Test Center’s responsibility to enforce this policy, which is delineated in the Test Administration Manual published by the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), and agreed to in the legal Three-Way Agreement signed by the Test Center, NYSED and DRC. Therefore, it is essential that this policy be communicated to all examinees - by the Test Center - prior to testing. The written information provided to the examinee when the TASC™ is scheduled should specifically convey this requirement.
If a cell phone, or any of the devices noted above, are found to be in possession of an examinee in the testing room, any exams taken must be invalidated and no score(s) will be awarded by DRC. Further, these examinees will be prohibited from taking the TASC™ again for a minimum of six months. Thank you in advance for your full compliance with this policy. If you have any questions, please contact the HSE Office at HSE@nysed.gov
TASC™ Materials For The JKL Testing Series Must Be Returned To DRC
The NYSED High School Equivalency Office has been notified by Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) that many Test Centers have has not yet returned all their TASC™ tests and materials from the JKL series. The JKL testing series ended in January 2019 - when the MNO test series was launched - and JKL manuals, test booklets, and any ancillary materials should have been returned to DRC in February.
Please return these materials directly to DRC. The DRC shipping labels for IPAK (JKL material returns) were included in the locked boxes with the delivery of MNO materials. If Test Centers have lost the labels and need new ones, please should contact the DRC Help Desk at email@example.com.
Official High School Equivalency or High School Transcripts Not Required for TASC™ Testing
Those who have taken the TASC™ previously but did not pass all five subtests are not required to produce an official High School Equivalency transcript from the NYSED Office. Examinees are responsible for their choice in subtests. Admission to testing should not be blocked by a lack of official transcript.
Also, please note that examinees who wish to take one or more subtests of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC™, are not required to submit their official high school transcript prior to testing.
However, it is the responsibility of the examinees - not the Test Center - to determine which TASC™ subtests are required; specifically if they seek to combine TASC™ subtest scores with prior Regents exam scores as a pathway to a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/hse/regents-hse-exam
Further, since examinees must wait 60 days prior to taking any additional TASC™ subtests, it is recommended that they take all five subtests if they are not aware of which are required.
If there are any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discontinued Use of HSE/TASC™ Verification Form
Please note that the High School Equivalency (HSE) Office is no longer requiring that adult education preparation programs submit the form: HSE/TASC™ Verification Form - NYS HSE Office. The form has been removed from the HSE website. This form was previously used to convey information from prep programs to the HSE Office but as the same data is already shared via an alternate method it is duplicative and no longer necessary. Please contact HSE@nysed.gov if you have any questions. Thank you.