Several dozen states are looking for an alternative to the GED test because of concerns that a new version is more costly and will no longer be offered in a pencil and paper format.
Forty states have participated in a group that's considering options for the high school equivalency test. New York, Montana and New Hampshire announced last month they are switching to test providers that offer a cheaper alternative to the GED. Missouri also has requested bids.
This is the last year high school dropouts will be able to earn their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate before a tougher, more expensive version of the GED is rolled out.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the current test will be replaced with a new, computer-based assessment in 2014.
The 2014 test is tied to Common Core Standards -- a set of uniform math and English benchmarks adopted by states. The standards are designed to ensure that students are prepared for college or the workforce.