Taking the easy way out : how the GED testing program induces students to drop out

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Title: Taking the easy way out : how the GED testing program induces students to drop out
Authors: Heckman, James J.
LaFontaine, Paul A.
Rodriguez, Pedro L.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1876
Date: 15-Dec-2008
Abstract: We exploit an exogenous increase in General Educational Development (GED) testing requirements to determine whether raising the diffculty 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 is also much larger for older students and minorities. Finally, a natural experiment based on the late introduction of the GED in California reveals, that adopting the program increased the dropout rate by 3 points more relative to other states during the mid-1970s.
Funding Details: American Bar Foundation
National Institutes of Health
Spencer Foundation
Mellon Foundation
JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Series/Report no.: UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series; WP/29/2008
Subject LCSH: General educational development tests
Dropout behavior, Prediction of
Dropouts--United States
Other versions: http://geary.ucd.ie/images/Publications/WorkingPapers/gearywp200829.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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