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Taking the Easy Way Out : How the GED Testing Program Induces Students to Drop Out

Author: James J Heckman; John Eric Humphries; Paul A LaFontaine; Pedro L Rodriguez
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. National Bureau of Economic Research 2008.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. w14044.
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The option to obtain a General Education Development (GED) certificate changes the incentives facing high school students. This paper evaluates the effect of three different GED policy innovations on high school graduation rates. A six point decrease in the GED pass rate due to an increase in national passing standards produced a 1.3 point decline in overall high school dropout rates. The introduction of a GED  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James J Heckman; John Eric Humphries; Paul A LaFontaine; Pedro L Rodriguez
OCLC Number: 1027370656
Notes: May 2008.
Description: 1 online resource.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. w14044.
Responsibility: James J. Heckman, John Eric Humphries, Paul A. LaFontaine, Pedro L. Rodriguez.

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The option to obtain a General Education Development (GED) certificate changes the incentives facing high school students. This paper evaluates the effect of three different GED policy innovations on high school graduation rates. A six point decrease in the GED pass rate due to an increase in national passing standards produced a 1.3 point decline in overall high school dropout rates. The introduction of a GED certification program in high schools in Oregon produced a four percent decrease in high school graduation rates. Introduction of GED certificates for civilians in California increased the high school dropout rate by 3 points. The GED program induces students to drop out of high school.

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