ERIC Number: ED252650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Two Years after the GED Tests: Employment, Education, and Training Activities of GED Examinees.
Reed, Naomi V.; And Others
A series of follow-up studies were conducted to examine the employment, education, and training activities of persons who had taken the General Educational Development (GED) Tests in the spring of 1980. The first two studies, conducted in the fall of 1981 and the spring of 1982, were nationwide surveys that analyzed the survey responses of 458 and 650 completed surveys respectively. The third study was a statewide survey that examined the employment and educational activities of 544 Maryland GED graduates as of the spring of 1984. Relatively large numbers of persons from all three samples either had participated or were participating in some type of educational program: 45 percent of those completing the first survey, nearly 50 percent of those polled in the second survey, and nearly 60 percent of those involved in the Maryland study. Significant numbers of respondents reported that passing the GED helped them either find jobs or obtain salary increases, enabled them to develop an enhanced sense of self-worth, and pleased their families. Many of the GED graduates have already recommended the program to others. These results suggest that, although millions of adults have been served through the GED testing program, millions more could benefit by successfully earning an equivalency credential. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Benefits, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Equivalency Tests, Followup Studies, High School Equivalency Programs, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Salary Wage Differentials, School Attitudes, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: General Educational Development Tests; Maryland
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Louisville, KY, November 6-10, 1984).