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Accession Number PB2013-108866
Title Measurement of High School Equivalency Credentials in Census Bureau Surveys.
Publication Date Feb 2012
Media Count 29p
Personal Author K. J. Bauman S. R. Crissey
Abstract The Census Bureau has historically grouped high school diploma holders along with those who hold high school equivalent credentials. Among these is the credential earned through successfully passing the General Education Development (GED) test. Interest in identifying those with GEDs has recently increased, in part from debate within the academic and federal statistical communities about the inclusion of high school equivalency degrees in the calculations of high school graduation, and because of the increasing concern that equivalency degrees are not truly equivalent in terms of labor market value and as a basis for future educational attainment (Heckman and LaFontaine, 2010; Murnane, Willett, and Tyler, 2000; Clark and Jaeger, 2006; Michel and Roy, 2006; Boesel, Alsalam, and Smith, 1998; Cameron and Heckman, 1993). This paper outlines the ways that the Census Bureau captures persons with alternative high school credentials, provides estimates of prevalence based on these different methods, compares these estimates to administrative records, and reviews the Census Bureau studies on the relative reliability of survey items on high school credentials.
Keywords Census
Educational attainment
General Education Development(GED)
High schools
Labor market

Source Agency Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
Corporate Author Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1320
Contract Number N/A

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