General Educational Development (GED) Diploma Outcomes Research July 23 - August 3, 2007

General Educational Development (GED) Diploma Outcomes Research
July 23 - August 3, 2007

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Discussion Announcement | Guest Biography | Discussion Preparation

Discussion Announcement

On July 23rd, on the National Institute for Literacy Special Topics list, we will begin discussing the General Educational Development (GED) diploma outcomes research of Dr. John Tyler.

Dr. Tyler will take our questions from the week's discussion, will respond to them the following Monday, and will continue to respond to follow-up questions throughout the week of July 30th.

Guest Biography

Dr. John Tyler is Associate Professor of Education, Economics, and Public Policy at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. An applied microeconomist, his research focuses on what is happening to low- skilled individuals in today's high-skill economy. He is regarded as one of the nation's experts on the economic returns to the General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Dr. Tyler's interests also include school reform issues, program evaluation, and quantitative research methods.

Discussion Preparation

To prepare for this discussion please look at a 30-minute video discussion with John Tyler; teacher, Sara Fass; and professional development coordinator, Sue Snider. The video panel discussion focuses on the economic benefits that accrue to holders of the GED credential. It was based on a review by John Tyler of eight (published and working) research papers on the GED. Several of these papers were authored by John Tyler, Richard Murnane, and John Willett, researchers with the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) whose work has influenced what we know about the economic benefits of the GED.

The following readings, mentioned in the video panel discussion, would also be useful preparation for this discussion:

The following additional GED research articlesby John Tyler will be found in .pdf on his web page.

  • 2005 - "Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education?"
  • 2004 - "Does the GED Improve Earnings? Estimates from a Sample of Both Successful and Unsuccessful GED Candidates?" Industrial and Labor Relations Review 57:4 (2004), 579-98.
  • 2004 - "The Devil’s in the Details: Evidence from the GED on the Large Effects of Small Differences in High Stakes Exams ". Economics of Education Review 23:4 (2004), 336-49. With Richard J. Murnane and John B. Willett.

GED teachers, especially, will find the following publication of GED outcomes data -- intended to be used by GED teachers and their students -- of special interest. It was written by Sara Fass and Barbara Garner in 2000, and updated by Eileen Barry in 2006. "Beyond the GED: Making Conscious Choices About the GED and Your Future"

I look forward to having you join us in this discussion.

David J. Rosen
Special Topics Discussion Moderator

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