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
- Increased chances of a student entering and succeeding in college or other postsecondary educational programs
- Studies show programs can improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills
Keys to successful implementation
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- Use rigorous college and career readiness curricula to help encourage participants to continue onto postsecondary education and training.
- Provide open enrollment systems to encourage greater participation; new students can enter classes on a weekly, or even daily, basis.
- Provide materials and resources for instructors to plan strong and coherent less plans and professional development.
- Provide transitional services for students looking to complete a postsecondary education or enter the workforce.
- Provide interdisciplinary curricula, incorporate tools from healthcare and business fields, and use career-oriented materials rather than simply focusing on the raw GED curriculum; these tactics have proven successful in entering students into postsecondary education or work training.