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ERIC Number: ED589956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug-14
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
High School 21+ Outcomes. Research Report 18-5
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Until 2014, the General Educational Development (GED®) test dominated the high school equivalency (HSE) test market throughout the United States, to the point that educational experts acknowledged the acronym "GED" had become synonymous with "high school equivalency." However, changes to the test, the way it is administered, and the test's management brought about a shifting HSE landscape that would see states adopt alternative methods for demonstrating secondary equivalency. This research report examines Washington state's HSE alternative -- High School 21+ (HS21+) -- by comparing pre- and post-completion outcomes to those of the GED®. The report first explores demographic information of completers from both programs, comparing said demographics with the state population lacking a high school diploma or equivalent. The report then looks at the population of students who earn a postsecondary certificate or degree prior to completion of the GED® or HS21+ as well as those who continue in the Washington community and technical college (CTC) system after completing either program. Finally, the report compares employment outcomes for both groups and offers some suggestions to ensure the HS21+ program continues to offer enhanced opportunities for those it serves.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. P.O. Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495. Tel: 360-704-4400; Fax: 360-704-4415; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; High School Equivalency Programs; Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Identifiers - Location: Washington