Information for Entities Seeking Approval to Become a TASC™ Test Center
Entities seeking to become a New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) Test Center must meet the criteria, as described below.
- Entity must be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization with an educational purpose (and a Board of Directors and Bylaws) or a governmental agency providing educational services as part of their mission.
- Operate in a region of the state where there is a need for a TASC™ Test Center in the local vicinity.
- Be financially solvent with adequate fiscal resources to operate a TASC™ Test Center. Test Centers are only eligible for test administration reimbursement if they apply for and receive funding through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The RFP is reissued by the NYSED approximately every five years.
- Have adequate staff resources to effectively administer the TASC™, including: 1) a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who has organization-level oversight and will assume overall responsibility for the Test Center; 2) Test Center Coordinator of Record who will be the official program contact and be responsible for TASC™ administration; and 3) Test Center Examiners (number dependent on the quantity of exams to be administered). Staff who will administer the TASC™ may not be directly involved, in any manner, with an adult education preparation program that prepares examinees to take the TASC™.
- The Coordinator of Record and, Examiners Staff must meet minimal educational requirements (bachelor’s degree or associates degree with resumes required) and participate in required training by both NYSED and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), the corporation NYSED contracts with for the TASC™, prior to test administration. The traininfg includes an initial one day in-person NYSED training, typically in Albany, and annual NYSED and DRC online webinars.
- All identified staff above must sign, and submit to NYSED, the required legal agreement, called the Three-Way Agreement (Test Center; NYSED; and DRC). The Test Center must also submit to NYSED an Emergency Plan for their organization, which includes specific instructions for handling emergencies during testing sessions.
- All site inspection criteria for Paper Based Testing (PBT) and/or Computer Based Testing (CBT) must be met. All inspections are requested by HSE staff and are conducted by staff in the Regional Adult Education Networks (RAEN) located around the state. The inspection criteria are outlined on the inspection form. For informational purposes, please see the NYS HSE Testing Center Approval Checklist.
For additional information and/or to see if you may qualify to be considered for approval as a TASC™ Test Center, please contact the High School Equivalency (HSE) Office at HSE@nysed.gov. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that you are seeking to become a Test Center. Thank you.