This study argues that the increased rigor of the GED exam introduced in 2014 will improve post-secondary educational and employment outcomes for those test passers. Using ELS 2002 data the study shows that pre-GED 2014 recipients had post-secondary outcomes between high school graduates and dropouts. The study notes that GEDs who failed to complete a post-secondary training had incomes more like dropouts while GEDs who completed training had incomes more like high-school graduates. The study concludes that because the new exam requires increased academic preparation, instruction and association with competent adults, GED 2014 recipients will have acquired more of the behavioral traits associated with the conventional high school process that ends in graduation. Download the article here.
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