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The GED Testing Program Induces Students to Drop Out

The GED Testing Program Induces Students to Drop Out

Chapter:
(p.293) 7 The GED Testing Program Induces Students to Drop Out
Source:
The Myth of Achievement Tests
Author(s):
James J. HeckmanJohn Eric HumphriesPaul A. LafontainePedro L. Rodríguez
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226100128.003.0007

The option to obtain a General Educational Development (GED) certificate changes the incentives facing high school students. This chapter evaluates the effect of three different GED policy innovations on high school graduation rates. A 6-point decrease in the GED pass rate produced a 1.3-point reduction in high school dropout rates. The introduction of a GED certification program in high schools in Oregon produced a 4% decrease in high school graduation rates. Introduction of GED certificates for civilians in California increased the dropout rate by 3 points. The GED program induces students to drop out of high school.

Keywords:   GED, Dropout, Graduation Rate, Incentives

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