ERIC Number: ED416335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
What Is the Value of the GED? A Summary of Research. A GED Profile Research Report.
A summary of a report on the value of the General Educational Development (GED) Tests prepared in 1994 for Congressional hearings on the reauthorization of vocational and adult education legislation includes the following highlights: (1) each year more than 750,000 adults (average age 26) take the GED tests and about 450,000 adults obtain high school credentials based on the tests; (2) the value of the GED credential is determined by the fact that it validly certifies the attainment of high school level knowledge and skills; (3) GED graduates, on average, perform as well as high school graduates in community colleges; (4) more than 40 percent of GED graduates attend college after passing the tests; (5) about 75 percent of colleges and universities accept a high school equivalency credential based on the GED tests; (6) passing the GED tests provides graduates with opportunities for better jobs; and (7) federal support for the GED program should continue, allowing the program to be strengthened and professionalized, targeted to those whose skill levels are suited to this level of study, and made more relevant to adults. (Contains 31 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Certification, Educational Attainment, Educational Certificates, Equivalency Tests, High School Equivalency Programs, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Scores, Test Norms
American Council on Education/ GED Testing Fulfillment Service, P.O. Box 261, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701; phone: 301-604-9073; fax: 301-604-0158.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. GED Testing Service.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests