ERIC Number: ED342933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of the 1987 Changes in GED Score Requirements in Wisconsin. Final Report.
Martin, Larry G.
In 1987, General Educational Development (GED) test passing score requirements were raised in Wisconsin. To study the effect, data were gathered from samples of 480 examinees each for 1986 and 1989 through site visits and follow-up surveys mailed to 900 of the 960 in the samples. Responses were received from 206 persons (37 percent). Chi-square and t-tests were used to analyze the data, yielding such findings as the following: (1) no effects on the demographic and academic composition of examinees were found; (2) the 1989 examinees significantly increased their academic preparation efforts; (3) significantly higher percentages of 1989 examinees failed to obtain minimum and average scores required for passing; (4) 1989 examinees were significantly more likely to enroll in further education or training programs; (5) 1989 examinees had significantly lower incomes and were more likely to be unemployed than 1986 examinees, but 1989 examinees who passed the GED tests were significantly more likely to be employed than those who failed; (6) with each increase in the minimum score requirement, there were correspondingly greater increases in the variances between the lowest and highest scores on the five tests but only small increases for the norming sample. The study recommended keeping the new higher minimum score requirement but lowering the five-test average score for passing; further study of the GED tests was suggested. (The survey instrument with cover letter is appended.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests