A: GED® refers to the battery of tests issued by GED Testing Services®. The test is colloquially referred to as "the GED." It is the nation's most prevalent high school equivalency credential, used in over 40 states.
Beyond the personal toll, dropping out imposes significant societal burdens.
- Dropouts each day (nationwide): 7000*
- Estimated lost lifetime income: $154 billion*
- Dropouts without GED® certificates are 6x more likely to be incarcerated than those with certificates.**
- Dropouts cost billions in welfare and medical services.***
- * "The High Cost of High School Dropouts,” (Alliance for Excellent Education, Issue Brief, 2011).
- ** Andrew Sum, et al, “The Consequences of Dropping Out of High School,” (Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, 2009).
- *** Henry M. Levin and Celia E. Rouse, “The True Cost of High School Dropouts,” The New York Times (January 2012).