ERIC Number: EJ894573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education for School Dropouts?
Tyler, John; Lofstrom, Magnus
Economics of Education Review, v29 n5 p813-825 Oct 2010
We use data from the Texas Schools Microdata Panel (TSMP) to examine the extent to which dropouts use the GED as a route to postsecondary education. Lacking suitable instruments that would allow us to directly address potential biases in estimating the "GED path" to postsecondary education, our approach is to base estimates on a set of academically "at risk" students who are very similar in the 8th grade. We observe that the eventual high school graduates in this group have much better postsecondary education outcomes than do the similar at-risk 8th graders who drop out and obtain a GED. We discuss potential explanations for the observed differences in the postsecondary education outcomes of the two groups.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Dropouts, High School Graduates, Grade 8, At Risk Students, Economics, Comparative Analysis, Longitudinal Studies, Educational Attainment, Outcomes of Education, Equivalency Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8; High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests