Digest of Education Statistics: 2011
Digest of Education Statistics: 2011

NCES 2012-001
May 2012

Appendix A.5. American Council on Education

General Educational Development Tests

One of the American Council on Education's (ACE) programs and services is the General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS), which develops and distributes General Educational Development (GED) Tests. A GED credential documents high school-level academic skills. It was first administered in 1942 to returning World War II veterans and first administered to civilians in 1947. ACE publishes the GED Testing Program Statistical Report. This report looks at those who take the GED, test performance statistics, and historical information on the GED testing program. A new report, Crossing the Bridge: GED Credentials and Postsecondary Educational Outcomes, follows up with GED recipients in their postsecondary education achievements. Attempting to make comparisons in GED testing across jurisdictions is problematic since each jurisdiction manages its own GED testing program. As such, each jurisdiction develops its own policies, which would be reflected in its testing program outcomes, such as pass rates.

Further information on the GED may be obtained from

American Council on Education
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036