ERIC Number: ED329758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
GED Candidates: A Decade of Change. GED Profiles: Adults in Transition, No. 1.
GED Profiles: Adults in Transition, n1 Sep 1990
Key characteristics of adults who took the General Educational Development (GED) Tests in 1989 were compared with those of their 1980 counterparts. Findings indicated that the percentage taking the tests primarily to fulfill postsecondary educational admissions requirements increased from 29.1 to 32.8 percent. The percentage who took the tests for employment reasons declined from 38.6 to 32.2 percent. A higher percentage reported studying before taking the tests, an increase from 79.5 to 83.8 percent. The average number of hours studied increased from 20.0 to 30.5. Candidates in 1989 reported having the same in-school grades and years of schooling as those in 1980. The number of candidates aged 18 to 24 declined by 26 percent. The proportion of Hispanics increased from 6.8 to 11.2 percent, whereas the percentage of Black candidates fell from 17.1 to 14.2 percent. Minority adults continued to be more highly represented among GED candidates than in the general U.S. population. The largest percentage of candidates in both years cited personal reasons for leaving high school. The percentage who left school due to pregnancy or marriage tripled. Nearly one in five cited the need to work as the most important reason for leaving school. The percentage who left school because they were not doing well declined. (12 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Blacks, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Characteristics, Educational Background, Educational Certificates, Equivalency Tests, Ethnic Groups, High School Equivalency Programs, Individual Characteristics, Motivation, Participant Characteristics
American Council on Education, Publications Dept. PAT, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1163 (series subscription $65.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. GED Testing Service.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests