TANF: Literacy vs. GED Classes

When counties have literacy and GED / High School Equivalency (HSE) TANF classes it can be hard to determine which class is the best placement for that particular client. This is a guide line for the differences between the two programs.

Literacy Classes GED/HSE Classes
  • Contracted Services for TANF Literacy classes are with the Department of Libraries.
  • Contracted services for TANF GED/HSE classes are with the Department of Career Tech.
  • Specialize in serving students that score in the 3rd to 6th grade level in Reading and Math.
  • Specialize in serving students that score in the 6th grade and above level in Reading and Math to obtain HSE.
  • Literacy can service clients/students beyond the 6th grade level if there are no GED classes are available in the area.
  • GED/HSE can serve clients /students below the 6th grade level if there are no Literacy classes available in the area.
  • Literacy classes use CASAS testing to measure students’ progress. Testing should be done approximately every 70 to 100 hours of participation in literacy classes.
  • GED/HSE classes use TABE testing to measure students’ progress. Testing should be done approximately every 40 to 60 hours of participation in the GED/HSE class.
  • If a client/student has a score below 6.0 Grade Equivalency (GE) in either Reading or Math based on CASAS testing scores the student should be in Literacy.
  • If the client/student has a score above 6.0 Grade Equivalency (GE) in both Reading and Math based on CASAS testing scores they should be referred to the TANF GED/HSE classes if available. If no TANF class is available other GED/HSE classes can be an option.
  • If both reading and math scores are above 6.0 GE based on CASAS testing scores the client/student should be referred to GED/HSE classes.
  • If either Reading or Math scores are below 6.0 GE based on CASAS testing scores then client/student should be in literacy and then quickly move to GED/HSE.
  • Many soft skills may be needed at this level. Literacy classes can incorporate these activities into the curriculum.
  • Some soft skills may be needed at this level. GED/HSE classes can incorporate these activities into the curriculum.
  • When it is time for a client/student to move from Literacy class to GED/HSE they should be referred back to the DHS worker to sign a new TW2 and TW3 to be placed in the GED/HSE class.
  • When the client/student passes the HSE test they should be referred back to the DHS worker to update the TW2 and TW3 for the next TANF work activity.

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