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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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Growth in GED Testing

Growth in GED Testing

(p.109) 3 Growth in GED Testing
The Myth of Achievement Tests

John Eric Humphries

University of Chicago Press

The analysis presented in this book shows that the GED credential provides little or no economic benefit for most. How can one reconcile the large number of dropouts who take the GED test despite this evidence? This chapter documents how the GED is widely promoted by society. Government programs incentivize GED certification and are judged by the number of GEDs they produce. Prisons, Adult Education programs, and workforce investment programs incentivize GED certification. The returns to post-secondary education, changes in family characteristics, and increases in high school graduation standards also increase demand for the certificate.

Keywords:   GED, Workforce Investment, Adult Education, Returns to Education, High School Graduation, Family Characteristics

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