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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table A-2.  Percentage distribution of persons who passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam, by age group: 1998–2006
 
  Number passed   Age group
Year   16 17 18 19 20–24 25 or older
1998  480,947   2.8 11.8 19.1 12.2 24.1 30.0
1999  498,015   3.3 12.9 16.1 12.3 24.3 31.1
2000  486,997   3.2 13.0 16.5 12.2 24.9 30.2
2001  648,022   2.9 11.5 14.7 11.5 26.4 33.0
2002  329,515   4.4 15.8 17.4 11.6 24.6 26.2
2003  387,470   3.9 14.6 16.8 11.4 25.9 27.4
2004  405,724   4.0 14.0 16.8 11.4 26.2 27.6
2005  423,714   3.9 13.7 16.1 10.9 25.6 29.8
2006  398,045   4.1 14.4 16.7 10.9 24.9 29.0
NOTE: Data apply to the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The numbers and percentage distributions for 1998–2001 were reported in the original source as the number receiving a credential.
SOURCE: American Council on Education, GED Testing Service. (2007). 2006 GED Testing Program Statistical Report. Washington, DC: Author; American Council on Education, GED Testing Service. (2003–06). Who Passed the GED Tests? Annual Statistical Report. Washington, DC: Author; and American Council on Education, GED Testing Service. (1991–2002). Who Took the GED? GED Annual Statistical Report. Washington, DC: Author.

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