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A Digital Graduation Day That Makes a Difference

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Education
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

Graduation Day. It's a rite of passage that these days pretty much every student, from preschoolers to post grads, has been entitled to. The caps, the gowns, the celebrations; but what about those who have struggled with secondary education, for one reason or another?

The Retroactive Lowering of the GED Cut Score

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On January 20, 2016, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution carried a story about the possibility that the GED Testing Service would retroactively lower the...

When GEDs Mean Failure for Prisoners

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.05.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last year when changes to the GED programs were first announced, analysts predicted it would have a serious impact on the ability of prisoners to acquire their certificates. A year later, those predictions have proven accurate.

Philadelphia Tackles Literacy Crisis With Innovative Program

XPRIZE | Posted 11.04.2016 | Education

Five years ago, more than half a million adults in Philadelphia lacked basic literacy and work skills, imperiling their ability to land jobs and climb out of poverty, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board reported.

7 Lessons I Learned from Volunteering in Prison

Rana Campbell | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

What was I, a black 19-year-old female college student, doing inside an all-male correctional facility? Everyone I had told about my volunteering had been skeptical.

Don't Call Them Dropouts: Call Them Leaders-in-Waiting

Dorothy Stoneman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Dorothy Stoneman

Since YouthBuild was authorized as a federal program in 1992, community-based YouthBuild programs in over 270 urban and rural communities in America have welcomed and embraced more than 130,000 young people.

GED Overhaul Diminishing Hope

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

As the only high school diploma equivalency tests accepted by all 50 states, changes to GED has a huge impact on the millions of people who hope to earn credentials equivalent to a high school diploma. This is particularly onerous on the poor.

Winning My Toughest Role Yet: High School Grad

Mark Wahlberg | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Mark Wahlberg

Most high school dropouts don't end up with successful careers in Hollywood. I was lucky. Compared with high school graduates, dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty or on public assistance.

Opening Doors

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 11.13.2013 | College
Lee D. Lambert

It is essential for adult education and community colleges to partner to provide clear articulation paths, and for adult education courses to prepare students for college or careers without the need for remediation.

Test Battle Gets... Testy | Posted 05.17.2013 | Business

The GED no longer has a lock on the market for tests that serve as the equivalent of a high school degree. Three states have switched to new competito...

Where To Go After Dropping Out

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.28.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Brett Myers/Youth Radio By: Joshua Clayton In elementary school and junior high, I was a bad little boy. You could find me in the princ...

It's Not About a Test, It's About the Adult Learner

Randy Trask | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Randy Trask

This isn't about having a choice of providers, but rather a choice about the future of adult education and preparing adults to earn family sustaining wages.

The Next Administration's Focus: Upgrading Career and Technical Education

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 04.24.2013 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

With a new mayor to be elected this year, who will take over in 2014, the city stands poised to take a much more aggressive effort to make its CTE programs not merely adequate, but to take a role as the innovation leader in the nation.

An Invitation to Step Outside

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Catherine Gobron

As it turns out, how people behave in one setting does not predict how they will behave in a very different setting.

The Gift of Reading and Writing

Carlos Caban | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Carlos Caban

Learning to read has changed my life. Now, it's easier to get around the city. You give me an address and I know how to get there. I don't have to worry about asking someone. I can pick up my Bible now and read it, or my newspaper. I might get stuck, but I can do it.

Missouri's Gritty, Whatever It Takes Model

Kate Casas | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

Shearwater is identifying children who were thrown away by broken systems, and giving them the grit and determination to metaphorically clean themselves off and try again.

How Adult Education Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Lecester Johnson | Posted 12.04.2012 | DC
Lecester Johnson

The new GED test has the potential to leave thousands of D.C. adults behind. The price of the GED will effectively make it inaccessible for those who need it the most: low-income and low-skilled adults.

In Today's Economy, How Far Can A GED Take You?

NPR | Claudio Sanchez | Posted 04.22.2012 | Education

Every year, roughly 750,000 high school dropouts try to improve their educational and employment prospects by taking the General Educational Developme...

Increasing the Graduation Rate Quickly, Cheaply and For Real

David Bloomfield | Posted 04.20.2012 | Education
David Bloomfield

A relatively quick, cheap, and instructionally legitimate change to state law could raise graduation rates without lowering standards.

How I Got My College Degree At 63: 'You're Never Too Old To Live Your Dream'

Huff/Post50 | Laura Rowley | Posted 05.15.2012 | Fifty

Priscilla Santiago of Bridgeport, Conn., is a mother of three, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of five. At 63, she was also one of the olde...

Nobody Wants To Be Dumbest On 'Raising Hope'

Posted 03.18.2012 | TV

After realizing that there was a good chance Hope would grow up to be smarter than him, Jimmy decided to go back and get his GED on "Raising Hope" (Tu...

40 Years Later: New York City on the Edge

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 09.19.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The urban problems of this decade are about black and Latino young men lacking skills and education and not connected to work. The numbers in this category in New York City are staggering.

79-Year-Old Earns Her GED

Detroit Free Press | William Archie | Posted 08.10.2011 | Education

Katherine Dawkins is celebrating a week of graduations. A great-great-grandniece graduated from high school last Sunday. Her great-granddaughter grad...

Grandpa And Grandson Prove It's Never Too Late To Earn GED

WCF Courier | Andrew Wind | Posted 08.02.2011 | Education

WATERLOO -- Bob Speed is finally getting his GED, more than 50 years after dropping out of high school. The 70-year-old Dunkerton man will be joined ...

More Colorado Drop-Outs Are Getting GEDs

Posted 07.24.2011 | Denver

It's graduation season. High school seniors will be getting diplomas, tossing caps into the air. But many students don't make it that far and drop out...