Programs that provide instruction for adults and eligible minors who have elected to take a series of tests which measure the extent to which they have gained the knowledge, skills and understanding ordinarily acquired through a high school education. Instruction and testing focus on writing, social studies, science, reading and mathematics. Individuals who pass the tests receive a high school equivalency certificate.
Programs within the formal education system or offered by outside agencies which utilize a variety of instruments to gather information about an individual's abilities, skills, understanding, knowledge, achievement, or educational, psychological or medical difficulties for the purpose of screening and selecting individuals for admission to an educational institution or program or for developing a plan of individualized instruction to help students who have exceptional needs overcome their learning problems.
Programs that make arrangements for the presence of individuals to supervise the administration of written examinations and performance tests to ensure that students and others who are taking exams have no assistance of any kind during the testing process and that other rules are followed. Proctors maintain the security of test materials; ensure that only authorized persons are admitted to examinations; distribute examination material; make sure candidates are marking their papers in an appropriate manner; ensure that examinees do not leave the examination room without authority and that no examination materials are taken from the room; maintain order and quiet in the examination room; gather and check examination material; and time, evaluate and record achievements of candidates on performance tests.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.