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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2004

NCES 2007-024
November 2006

Table A-1. Number of 18- through 24-year-olds who received a GED, by data source: 1990 through 2004
 
Year GED Service1 CPS1,2 Standard error
(CPS)
1990222,295111,02316,728
1991247,767117,37117,197
1992249,470107,03016,425
1993241,787107,41516,455
1994247,051211,56023,047
1995256,441237,87624,424
1996258,957312,64527,957
1997244,749286,81126,793
1998254,239340,78424,790
1999267,932320,18727,331
20003263,46590,81024,831
20013342,156107,20228,249
20023176,29170,74512,111
20033203,42280,40712,878
20043220,71494,58713,937
1 These numbers represent the total number of General Educational Development (GED) credentials earned by 18- through 24-year-olds in the United States only.

2 Estimate of the number of GEDs from the Current Population Survey (CPS) may include alternative credentials other than those earned by passing the GED examination.

3 Reflects changes made to questions about GED receipt introduced in October 2002.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS) (various years); and American Council on Education, GED Testing Service, GED Statistical Report, 1990 to 1992, and Who Took the GED?, 1993 to 2001, and Who Passed the GED Tests?, 2002 to 2004.