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Zacharakis, Jeff; Wang, Haiyan; Patterson, Margaret Becker; Andersen, Lori – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
This research analyzed linked high-quality state data from K-12, adult education, and postsecondary state datasets in order to better understand the association between student demographics and successful completion of a postsecondary program. Due to the relatively small sample size compared to the large number of features, we analyzed the data…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education
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Patterson, Margaret Becker – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
When transitioning to employment, students with disabilities who do not complete high school face multiple challenges; even beyond the challenges of students who complete a GED® credential later, especially in times of economic downturn and job instability. They cope with sometimes overwhelming struggles from disabling conditions. Thus GED passers…
Descriptors: Credentials, Adults, Employment Experience, High School Equivalency Programs
Song, Wei; Patterson, Margaret Becker – GED Testing Service, 2011
Ever since achieving a high school credential by passing the GED Tests became widely institutionalized through the adult education programs in the United States, the outcomes for GED credential recipients have continued to be of great interest to the adult education community and the general public. Does earning a GED credential bring positive…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Dropouts, High School Graduates, Educational Status Comparison
Guison-Dowdy, Anne; Patterson, Margaret Becker – GED Testing Service, 2011
Since the 1990s, a wealth of literature has compared the benefits of having a GED[R] test credential versus a traditional high school diploma or no high school credential, with an early emphasis on economic impact. One advantage of passing the GED test lies in its ability to open doors to the postsecondary system. Nearly two-thirds of U.S.…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, High School Graduates, Educational Status Comparison, Economic Impact
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Patterson, Margaret Becker; Higgins, Jennifer; Bozman, Martha; Katz, Michael – Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, 2011
We conducted a pilot study to see how the GED Mathematics Test could be administered on computer with embedded accessibility tools. We examined test scores and test-taker experience. Nineteen GED test centers across five states and 216 randomly assigned GED Tests candidates participated in the project. GED candidates completed two GED mathematics…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Mathematics Tests, High School Equivalency Programs, Test Wiseness
Zhang, Jizhi; Patterson, Margaret Becker – GED Testing Service, 2010
Like most high-stakes testing programs, the GED[R] testing program allows examinees who do not pass on the first attempt to retake the GED Tests. Studies and reports have described GED Tests candidates' characteristics and testing performance, but no study has targeted repeat examinees. A series of questions related to repeat examinees remains…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Equivalency Tests, Failure, Repetition
Patterson, Margaret Becker; Zhang, Jizhi; Song, Wei; Guison-Dowdy, Anne – GED Testing Service, 2010
For most high school non-completers, the GED[R] credential provides a bridge to postsecondary education, but little is known about how successfully GED (General Educational Development) Test candidates make that transition and whether enrollment rates change with time. The American Council on Education (ACE) has begun a three-year longitudinal…
Descriptors: Credentials, Postsecondary Education, Educational Objectives, State Standards