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Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 19722008

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table A-2. Percentage distribution of persons who passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam outside of federal and state contract facilities1, by age group: 19982008


  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
2007 428,840   4.0 14.3 17.0 10.9 24.1 29.7
2008 467,994   3.6 13.5 16.9 11.1 24.0 30.9
1 Prior to 2002, those passing GED exams in federal or state contract facilities were issued GEDs in their state of residence Contract facilities include military installations and prisons.
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. (1991–2002). Who Took the GED? GED Annual 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; American Council on Education, GED Testing Service. (2007). 2006 GED Testing Program Statistical Report. Washington, DC: Author; American Council on Education, GED Testing Service. (2008). 2007 GED Testing Program Statistical Report. Washington, DC: Author; and American Council on Education, GED Testing Service. (2009). 2008 GED Testing Program Statistical Report. Washington, DC: Author.

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