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Description: 

This dataset includes four year (2005-2008) statewide dropout rates for students who exit school with the intention of obtaining a GED in Arizona; as well as national rates of GED test-passers by state in 2008; and earnings rates for those who complete a GED as opposed to a traditional diploma or no credential at all.

Data Source: 

Arizona Educationa Date Warehouse, Arizona Department of Education (ADE):
http://www.ade.state.az.us

2008 GED Testing Program Statistical Report - American Council on Education, July 2009:
http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/pubs/GED_ASR_2008.pdf

2006 National Center for Education Statistics Issue Brief: Economic Outcomes of High School Completers and Noncompleters 8 Years Later:
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007019

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88):
http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/nels88

Data Quality Comments: 

4 year statewide dropout rates to get a GED are reported from 2005 to 2008. "Dropout to get a GED" is defined as a student who is classified by ADE as either "W5," having dropped out to get a GED during the academic year, or "S5," having dropped out to get a GED in the summer; and do not return to school at a later date to complete a high school diploma. The data collection and graph creation for: "Average Annual Earnings by High School Completion and Sex" was completed by The National Center for Education Statistics.  The data collection and graph creation for: "Pass Rates on the GED Testsby U.S. State, 2008" was completed by The American Council on Education.

iconDropouts and GED Exits as a Percentage of the Total Arizona High School Population

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Visualization Notes:

All differences in average annual earnings by sex are statistically significant at the 5 percent level, except those of 4- to 6-year completers who obtained alternative credentials.

iconGED Exits as a Percentage of the Total Arizona Dropout Population

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Visualization Notes:

From 2005 to 2008, the overall percentage of Arizona high school students who exited school and were labled "dropouts" by the Arizona Department of Education declined, while the percent of students who were labled as dropping out with the specific goal of earning a GED remained steady during the same time period.

iconGED Pass Rate by State, 2008

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Visualization Notes:

The percent of GED test-passers in Arizona was half a percent above the national average in 2008.

Data Source

Arizona Educationa Date Warehouse, Arizona Department of Education (ADE):
http://www.ade.state.az.us

2008 GED Testing Program Statistical Report - American Council on Education, July 2009:
http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/pubs/GED_ASR_2008.pdf

2006 National Center for Education Statistics Issue Brief: Economic Outcomes of High School Completers and Noncompleters 8 Years Later:
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007019

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88):
http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/nels88