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The Myth of Achievement TestsThe GED and the Role of Character in American Life$
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James J. Heckman, John Eric Humphries, and Tim Kautz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226100098

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226100128.001.0001

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What Should Be Done?

What Should Be Done?

(p.431) 10 What Should Be Done?
The Myth of Achievement Tests

James J. Heckman

John Eric Humphries

Tim Kautz

University of Chicago Press

This chapter briefly reviews the two lessons from this book. For most, GED certification provides little or no economic benefit. Achievement tests do not measure character skills, which are crucial for a successful life. The chapter concludes with policy recommendations for the GED Testing Program and on fostering character in education.

Keywords:   GED, Character, cognitive ability, achievement tests, policy recommendations

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