GED/HSED certificate programs
- General Education Development (GED) certificates are awarded on successful completion of a series of tests that gauge the individual’s general knowledge of high school subjects such as math, reading. and science
- The GED provides individuals who lack a high school degree with an equivalent credential
- Benefits include improved job market prospects and access to postsecondary education among others
- Testing programs may also include tutoring, counseling, and social services
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)
Strong (second-highest tier)
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Low- and moderate-income adults
Outcomes and impact
- Increased earnings and earnings potential
- Reduced recidivism
- Increased employment
- Career-focused GED programs with nonacademic support, as well as comprehensive curricula, tend to have more robust effects
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Programs that use more rigorous college and career readiness curricula may be more likely to encourage participants to continue on to post-secondary education and training.
- Open enrollment systems encourage greater participation, allowing new students to enter classes on a weekly or even daily basis.
- Instructors need materials and resources to build strong and coherent lesson plans and professional development to support their effectiveness.