Frequently Asked Questions About the TASC Exam

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The TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), similarly to the GED and HiSET exams, is a high school equivalency test.

In the vast majority of cases, students should pursue a high school diploma; earning a diploma typically results in higher wages as an adult and lets employers know that the worker can overcome a challenge. However, for teenagers who are at least 16 years of age, not currently enrolled in any high school, and do not have a high school diploma, the TASC may be available.

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What You Need to Know about the HiSET

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Similar to the GED, the HiSET is an exam that provides students with a degree equivalent to a high school diploma. It is, however, more rigorous in nature than the GED.

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The Value of An Accredited High School Diploma

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Whether you are a high schooler with senioritis or a parent trying to help your child finish his/her degree, chances are that you’ve wondered how important it is to earn a high school diploma. Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself, “If I don’t care about college, why do I need to get an accredited high school diploma?”

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How Do I Know When the GED is the Best Option for Me?

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High school can be incredibly difficult and sometimes students and parents are looking at alternatives to receiving a high school diploma. In the vast majority of cases, students should pursue a high school diploma; earning a diploma typically results in higher wages as an adult and lets employers know that the worker can overcome a challenge.

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Online Student Computer Software Requirements

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In order for your student to be able to attend online courses, you’ll need to have a computer with current software installed. The good news is that this is relatively simple, even for families who are not technically savvy. The great news is that our team has listed the requirements below for your viewing pleasure.

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Private School Tax Season: Louisiana

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Louisiana’s individual tax reduction program is one of the best in the country. Parents can claim tax deductions for private school expenses up to $5,000 per student each year.

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Private School Tax Season: Indiana

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Indiana’s individual tax reduction program allows parents to claim tax deductions for private school expenses up to $1,000 per student each year.

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Private School Tax Season: Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has an individual tax deduction program that is largely considered to be one of the best options in the nation due to its high amount and easy eligibility. The tax deduction is up to $4,000 per child in grades K–8 and up to $10,000 per child in grades 9–12.

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Private School Tax Season: Illinois

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Illinois is one of the few states in the U.S. with a tax credit program. For being enrolled in a private school, families in Illinois can receive up to a $250 credit per dependent each school year. Parents can receive a credit of 25% of their expenses after the first $250; the maximum credit a family can receive is $750.

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Private School Tax Season: South Carolina

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South Carolina offers a unique tax option: a refundable tax credit available to parents/guardians of students with special needs. South Carolina matches the federal definition of special needs as a “child with a disability”; more can be found at 34 CFR 300.8. The parents/guardians must also believe that the public school district that the student would be attending, if not enrolled in a private school, would not meet the student’s needs.

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Private School Tax Season: Minnesota

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Minnesota’s K–12 Education Credit program is a refundable tax credit for education expenses outside of tuition. For families enrolled in Enlightium Academy, this can include tutoring minutes, books, and more. This tax credit lowers your family’s total tax liability.

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What Every Online Student Taking a World Language Needs to Know: Typing Accent Marks and Other Special Characters

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Online students taking a world language course will need to submit written work with the correct accent marks or they will lose credit on that assignment. There are a few options for students typing in another language including any special accent marks, characters, or punctuation the language may require all while still using a standard American keyboard.

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Your Guide to Public School Alternatives in Colorado

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If your family is new to homeschooling, researching the laws for Colorado can be intimidating. It’s only natural that navigating uncharted waters would be difficult, so Enlightium Academy would like to serve as a guide to help you understand the homeschooling laws in Colorado state.

Students enrolled at Enlightium Academy, though instructed at home, are considered attendants of “an independent or parochial school which provides a basic academic education” (Colorado Department of Education). As such, it is a non-public school, over which neither the State Board of Education in Colorado nor any local board of education has jurisdiction. This is good news, as the requirements of families homeschooling in Colorado through EA are lessened.

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Study Tips: Using Flash Cards

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What are flashcards?

Flashcards are a common studying tool that have been used for decades. The basic components are:

  1. Term: the term on a flashcard is the short word, phrase, or question that you are trying to remember.
  2. Definition: the definition is the meaning of the term. It can also be a fact, explanation, or answer.

While many cards will show both the term and definition on one side, the most effective cards will have the term on one side and the definition on the other.

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Keeping Physically Active While Homeschooling

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Trying to stay physically active while being homeschooled can be difficult. When attending a brick-and-mortar school, you have breaks between classes so you can get to your next class. It also never fails to be on the opposite side of campus or up an insane flight of stairs. When you’re at home, you can be comfy in your pjs all day, sitting comfortably at your desk, couch, or out in the sunshine. So how do you stay physically active at home?

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Why Doesn't My Student Care?

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One common characteristic plagues students today: apathy. The struggle of the parent, student, and teacher is to overcome apathy and motivate students toward genuine learning. What can you do?

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Private School Tax Season: Alabama

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Several states have K–12 private school education tax benefits, deductions, or refund programs. Please keep the following in mind:

  1. Enlightium Academy is legally a private school, not a homeschool.
  2. Enlightium Academy is accredited, an important distinction for several states in filing for tax benefits. Enlightium Academy is accredited by AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International. More information can be found here.
  3. This article is intended to act as the first steps in preparing for filing; speak with a tax professional and/or conduct further research before filing.
  4. Laws are subject to change. Please note this article’s publication date.
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Attendance in Online Settings

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Online schooling provides flexibility, an individual approach to learning, and innovation; however, attendance might become an issue if not managed properly. In traditional school settings, attendance means that students are in school for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for a minimum of 180 school days. This adds up to about 1,050 instructional hours per academic year. In online school settings, the attendance policy simply requires that students log on, complete lessons, and “attend classes” by progressing in their school work.

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What is E-Learning?

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E-learning reflects the reality of how people learn in the 21st century. As more and more parents are choosing e-learning for their children, there is a need to respond to the following questions: (1) What is e-learning? (2) What are the benefits of e-learning? (3) What are the challenges of e-learning? (4) How does my child apply his/her personal strengths to e-learning? (5) What is the future of e-learning?

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Twisted Scripture: Ask And It Will Be Given To You

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When we speak (be it words of comfort, or advice, or persuasion, etc.), sometimes we appeal to the words of someone whose authority on the subject can be agreed upon by both, the speaker and the listener. We do this knowingly or unknowingly, and examples range from as simple as, “my dad said it’s better if done this way…” to as complex as, “astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that the universe is expanding 5 percent to 9 percent faster than expected” (Ashley Morrow, NASA). 

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