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George-Ezzelle, Carol E.; Song, Wei – GED Testing Service, 2007
This study examines the demographic, academic, social, and behavioral differences between GED (General Educational Development) candidates who were and were not retained in grade. Differences between candidates who were and were not retained in grade are examined with regard to factors such as demographics, delinquent behaviors, reasons for…
Descriptors: Credentials, Grade Repetition, High School Equivalency Programs, Tests
Hsu, Yung-chen; George-Ezzelle, Carol E. – GED Testing Service, 2007
Many adult basic education programs use the Tests of General Educational Development (GED[R] Tests) to measure the skills and knowledge associated with a high school program of study as well as to assess the achievement gains of adult learners through participation in their programs. Using data from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy…
Descriptors: Credentials, Achievement Gains, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning
Reder, Stephen – National Commission on Adult Literacy (NJ1), 2007
This Policy Brief takes a first look at a newly identified national population of GED holders, who are compared with their counterparts who received a high school diploma as well as with their counterparts who have no high school credential. The focus of these comparisons is on long-term postsecondary education outcomes. Because these…
Descriptors: Credentials, Postsecondary Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy
Mellard, Daryl F.; Anderson, Gretchen – National Commission on Adult Literacy (NJ1), 2007
Adult secondary education learners approach the goal of college-level postsecondary education through three assessment gateways: (a) measures of adult education program learning gains, (b) a high-school equivalency exam, and (c) college placement tests. On the surface, the assessments in this sequence might appear to work in concert and point…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Adult Education, Adult Learning, School Readiness
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Comings, John – Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, 2007
Since 1991, the U.S. has had a national research and development (R&D) center focused on programs that help adults to improve their language, literacy, and numeracy skills; to acquire a General Educational Development (GED) or other high school certification; and to transition into postsecondary education or training. For the first five years,…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Opinions, Numeracy, Adult Learning
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Wade, Barbara – Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, 2007
This article critically reviews recent studies of adult basic education (ABE), general education development (GED), vocational, and college education programs in prisons. Thirteen studies were collected from various databases across multiple disciplines to examine the types of program evaluations and statistical analysis techniques researchers…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Recidivism, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Education
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Compton-Lilly, Catherine – Reading Research Quarterly, 2007
Two case studies of adult GED (General Education Diploma) students and their kindergarten-aged children are presented. The construct of "capital," as described by Pierre Bourdieu (1986), is applied specifically to the children's and adults' reading practices. These case studies are analyzed in terms of various forms of official…
Descriptors: Puerto Ricans, Case Studies, Disabilities, High School Equivalency Programs
LDA of Minnesota, 2006
GED (General Educational Development) learners are a diverse group--just like ABE (Adult Basic Education) and ESL (English as a second language) learners. For some, passing the GED tests closes the door on a history of defeat and failure and allows them to move ahead personally. Achieving the goal of passing all five GED tests is not easy for some…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Teacher Researchers, Reading Difficulties, Educational Development
Kim, Eunyoung – Office of Community College Research and Leadership, 2006
This brief describes the Academic Pathways to Access and Student Success (APASS) project, a research initiative that identifies and disseminates information about existing and emerging academic pathways that extend from high school to college. Drawing upon the results of a 50-state survey, an extensive review of literature and consultation with…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Distance Education, Advanced Placement, Tech Prep
Garner, Barbara, Ed. – National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), 2006
"Focus on Basics" is the quarterly publication of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. It presents best practices, current research on adult learning and literacy, and how research is used by adult basic education teachers, counselors, program administrators, and policymakers. Articles appearing in this issue…
Descriptors: Administrators, Distance Education, Adult Learning, Adult Basic Education
Illinois Community College Board, 2006
Economic and demographic changes are dramatically increasing the need for adult education, basic literacy, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Millions of Illinois residents lack the level of literacy skills needed to obtain good jobs, perform well on the job, and function well in an increasingly complex society. Addressing the scope…
Descriptors: Program Validation, Family Literacy, Adult Students, Adult Learning
George-Ezzelle, Carol E.; Zhang, Wenmin; Douglas, Karen – GED Testing Service, 2006
The research topics addressed in this study include the following: (1) reasons dropouts who immediately pursued a General Educational Development (GED) did not complete high school; (2) characteristics of the schools those GED examinees last attended; (3) differences in the reasons for not completing school by school characteristics; and (4)…
Descriptors: High School Students, Dropouts, At Risk Students, Exit Examinations
George-Ezzelle, Carol E.; Hsu, Yung-chen – GED Testing Service, 2006
As GED (General Educational Development) Testing Service considers the feasibility of a computer administration of the GED Tests, one issue being considered is the difference in costs of supplying only a computer-based format vs. offering both computer-based and paper formats of the GED Tests. A significant concern then arises as to whether…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Computer Assisted Testing, High School Equivalency Programs, Computer Literacy
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Bowen, Betsy – Community Literacy Journal, 2006
For nineteen years, Mercy Learning Center, a community-based literacy organization, has provided basic literacy instruction to low-income women in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During that time it has grown from three students and two tutors to 450 students, 155 tutors, and five full-time teachers. This growth has been affected by changes in welfare…
Descriptors: Females, Holistic Approach, Learning Centers (Classroom), Tutors
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Gee, Jeremiah – Journal of Correctional Education, 2006
An action research project was undertaken by a GED instructor at a rural county jail. A survey tool was developed to determine if the perceived needs of the students were being met by the educational and rehabilitative programs currently offered to them. Data from the survey were grouped into four domains: perceived inmate need, attitude toward…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Counties, Correctional Education, Student Motivation
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