The GED is a national test by which individuals are able to certify that they have mastered the skills expected of today's high school graduates. Worldwide, about one million adults take the GED test each year. One out of seven adults in the United States has earned his or her high school credential by means of the GED test.
To earn the HSED, a candidate must meet further requirements related to coursework in health, civics literacy and employability skills.
The GED test is made up of five standardized tests. The subject areas are:
- Language Arts Writing
- Language Arts Reading
- Social Studies
The HSED credential includes all of the GED components and three additional requirements. The subject areas are:
- Health – can be met through previous or current coursework or by passing a standardized test (test study guide)
- Civics - can be met through previous or current coursework or by passing a standardized test (test study guide)
- Employment Skills - can be met through previous or current coursework or by passing a standardized test (test study guide)
The Academic Support Division provides individualized and classroom instruction for individuals preparing to take the GED and for those completing the HSED. Day and evening classes are offered to potential GED examinees at sites throughout the district. There is no charge for these classes; however, a nominal material fee may be required.
High School Compulsory Attendance Program (Wisconsin Statute 118.15)
Students between the ages of 16 and 18 who are at risk of not graduating from their local high schools may attend BTC as an alternative. These students may either earn credits that will apply to their graduation requirements, or work toward their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). It is necessary that the parent or guardian go through the high school to start the process. Once the student has been accepted, the high school contracts with BTC for instructional services.