High School GED Rate
What does this measure?
The number of students who transferred from a regular high school program to a GED program, as a percentage of their cohort. A GED program prepares students for the tests required to earn the General Educational Development credential, which certifies that a student has demonstrated a level of knowledge equal to or greater than 40% of graduating high school seniors. The cohort is the class of ninth-graders beginning high school together.
Why is this important?
A GED offers students who did not make it through high school a credential allowing them to pursue higher education and certain careers. While these figures do not show the number of students actually obtaining GEDs, they indicate how many students were pursuing this alternative path out of high school toward a productive future.
How is Ulster County performing?
In general, small proportions of Ulster County students have been leaving high school to pursue a GED. For the class of 2014, 1.7% of students went for a GED, above the statewide rate (excluding NYC) of 0.7% and higher than other counties in the region. The rate has stayed mostly flat since 2008, when it was 1.5%. No school districts reported many students leaving school for a GED program, and the numbers are so small there are no discernible trends.
Notes about the data
Data for earlier years were not comparable because cohorts were not tracked in the same way.