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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
Heckman, James J.; LaFontaine, Paul A.; Rodriguez, Pedro L. – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2008
We exploit an exogenous increase in General Educational Development (GED) testing requirements to determine whether raising the difficulty of the test causes students to finish high school rather than drop out and GED certify. We find that a six point decrease in GED pass rates induces a 1.3 point decline in overall dropout rates. The effect size…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, High School Equivalency Programs