The GED certificate as a credential for entry into and retention in the workforce : recipient and employer perceptions Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this research was to assess the use of the General Educational Development Tests (GED) as an alternative high school credential in Oregon. A study was conducted of 469 Oregon GED recipients' and 646 private sector employers' perceptions of the GED. Both quantitative and qualitative measurements were used to assess the GED as a credential for education and training, for entering and being successful in the workforce, and as a measure of personal satisfaction. All measures of satisfaction with the GED Tests indicated that Oregon GED recipients perceived no difference between the GED and a high school diploma for further education, training, or employment. Half of the GED recipients responded that they took the Tests for personal reasons. Over 70%, considered the GED equal to a high school diploma for their needs. Over 80% responded that the Tests were worthwhile for employment purposes. Almost two-thirds of the respondents used the GED for further educational activities. Over 94% indicated they would take the Tests again if they had it to do over. Most of the GED recipients surveyed, 85%, indicated the GED was a positive endeavor. Oregon private sector employers perceived differences between GED recipients and high school graduates. Yet, 88%, accepted the GED as an alternative to a high school diploma. However, only 60% of employers felt a GED was equal to a diploma for preparing people to enter the workforce. Three-fourths of the employers felt high school graduates made better employees than non-high school graduates. Less than one-third of employers felt high school graduates made better employees than GED recipients. However, 59%, of employers felt high school graduates did not have the basic skills to enter the workforce. A great majority, 94% of employers, felt both high school and GED programs should include basic instruction for entering the workforce. Although GED and high school diplomas were accepted as credentials for entering the workforce it was evident that employers would like an alternative educational curriculum to aid in the transition from school to work.
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