Beyond the GED: Promising Models for Moving High School Dropouts to College

This report highlights quasi-experimental and experimental research on promising approaches for increasing dropouts’ rate of GED attainment, other high school equivalency credentials, and successful transition to college. The report divides these interventions into three categories: college and career ready standards and curricula, GED-to-college “bridge” programs, and dual enrollment. Research suggests that the most promising program reforms contextualize basic skills and GED instruction within specific career fields, and provide enhanced supports such as assistance with college admissions and applying for financial aid.

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