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Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 2014
The annual "Accountability Report" produced by the Council on Postsecondary Education highlights the system's performance on the state-level metrics included in "Stronger by Degrees: A Strategic Agenda for Kentucky Postsecondary and Adult Education." For each metric, we outline steps taken to improve performance, as well as…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Accountability, Public Colleges, Educational Objectives
Miles, April Danielle – ProQuest LLC, 2014
In this study, the researcher compared the success of community college graduates who entered college with a GED, a high school diploma, or an alternative diploma. The researcher used a quantitative analysis method with the existing data of students for three years within a single community college system to answer research questions to determine…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Graduates, Statistical Analysis
Murnane, Richard J. – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2013
I survey the evidence on patterns in U.S. high school graduation rates over the period 1970-2010 and report the results of new research conducted to fill in holes in the evidence. I begin by pointing out the strengths and limitations of existing data sources. I then describe six striking patterns in graduation rates. They include stagnation over…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Evidence, High School Graduates, Graduation
Rose, Mike – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
This is an excerpt from "Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education" (The New Press, 2012). It concludes that GED programs need more resources, not less. The programs tend to be populated by low-to-modest income people who failed school the first time around and now are considered less worthy of investment. GED…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Educational Resources, Graduation Rate, Academic Standards
MDRC, 2013
Nationally, more than one in four high school freshmen does not graduate in four years; in the 50 largest U.S. cities, the dropout rate is closer to 50 percent. Although many of these young people eventually seek to continue their education, a sizable number of dropouts (and many high school graduates) become seriously disconnected from both…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Program Effectiveness
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Murnane, Richard J.; Hoffman, Stephen L. – Education Next, 2013
Between 1970 and 2000, the U.S. high-school graduation stagnated while in many other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries it rose markedly. By 2000, the high school graduation rate in the United States ranked 13th among the 19 OECD countries for which comparable data are available. Evidence from two independent…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Comparative Education, High School Graduates, Academic Achievement
Crissey, Sarah R.; Bauman, Kurt J. – US Census Bureau, 2012
The Census Bureau has historically grouped high school diploma holders along with those who hold "high school equivalent" credentials. Among these is the credential earned through successfully passing the General Education Development (GED) test. Interest in identifying those with GEDs has recently increased, in part from debate within…
Descriptors: Credentials, High Schools, Educational Attainment, Census Figures
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
This paper offers a list of questions and corresponding answers about the 4-year cohort graduation rate. Answers to the following questions are presented: (1) Why don't GED (General Educational Development) students count as graduates?; (2) How does a district code students who have moved out of state? How should a district code a student who…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Individualized Education Programs, Graduation Rate, Educational Improvement
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
Heckman, James J.; Humphries, John Eric; Mader, Nicholas S. – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2010
The General Educational Development (GED) credential is issued on the basis of an eight hour subject-based test. The test claims to establish equivalence between dropouts and traditional high school graduates, opening the door to college and positions in the labor market. In 2008 alone, almost 500,000 dropouts passed the test, amounting to 12% of…
Descriptors: Credentials, Testing Programs, Dropouts, Labor Market
Perper, Kate; Peterson, Kristen; Manlove, Jennifer – Child Trends, 2010
Recently released government data show that in 2006, the U.S. teen birth rate began to increase, marking the end of a 14-year period of decline. More specifically, these data show that between 2005 and 2007, the teen birth rate climbed five percent. This trend reversal is a cause for concern, given the negative consequences of teen childbearing…
Descriptors: Mothers, Dropouts, Educational Attainment, Birth Rate
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Snyder, Thomas D.; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
The 2012 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The "Digest" has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Adult Education