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ERIC Number: ED558494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Career Approach to GED Instruction
Nearly 39 million adults in the United States lack a valid high school credential and face a significant barrier to both higher education and employment opportunities. High school equivalency exams, primarily the General Educational Development (GED) exam, are the primary gateway to college for high school dropouts, but relatively few people are able to pass these exams each year, and most of those who obtain a credential fail to complete even one year of postsecondary education or training. Adult education policymakers and practitioners are searching for ways to improve the quality of GED preparation programs and create paths from those programs to postsecondary education or training, and ultimately to careers. MDRC is currently evaluating a program model that includes the basic tenets of the career pathway approach: The career-focused GED curriculum model aims to improve high school credentialing and college entry rates. It offers a contextualized, career-focused GED curriculum, while supporting students in their transition to college or training. In this model, the "pathway" is sequential in that it focuses on first getting students the high school credential and then helping them transition to college. It is especially useful in states where a high school credential is required to enroll in public postsecondary institutions. To this end, MDRC has evaluated the contextualized, career-focused GED curriculum model once already at LaGuardia Community College in New York City, through its program called GED Bridge to Health and Business. The results there were very positive. It is now evaluating a similar version at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: New York; Wisconsin
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests