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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table A-3. Percentage distribution of persons who passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam at federal or state contract facilities, by age group: 19982008


  Number
passed
  Age group
Year1   16 17 18 19 20–24 25 or older
                 
1998 NA   NA NA NA NA NA NA
1999 NA   NA NA NA NA NA NA
2000 NA   NA NA NA NA NA NA
2001 NA   NA NA NA NA NA NA
2002 4,414   0.0 0.4 1.6 3.8 26.8 67.4
2003 6,332   0.3 1.0 1.7 2.7 27.9 66.4
2004 8,644   0.4 1.0 2.0 2.9 25.4 68.3
2005 10,591   0.3 3.1 4.0 4.1 23.9 64.6
2006 10,143   0.4 3.5 5.5 6.1 23.8 60.7
2007 11,741   0.3 3.0 7.5 7.1 25.0 57.1
2008 14,727   1.0 5.8 10.9 9.1 23.5 49.7
1 Prior to 2002, people passing exams in federal or state contract facilities were issued GEDs in their state of residence.
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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