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Iowa Shifts to New High School Equivalency Test

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa is shifting to a new high school equivalency diploma test.

The state Department of Education announced Thursday it would replace the GED with a test developed by the nonprofit ETS.

The agency says the nonprofit's test, called HiSET, will be aligned with statewide standards for Iowa students and will be cheaper.

Iowa officials begin considering moving to a new test after GED Testing Service shifted from a nonprofit to a for-profit organization in 2012. That move prompted other assessment vendors to being offering services.

A selection committee comprised of officials at community colleges and the Iowa Department of Education chose the new test.

The new test will cost $50 and can be taken in a paper or online format.

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