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Document Number: 5889

Factors Influencing GED and Diploma Attainment of High School Dropouts - Dropping out frequently is not the end of a studentís education. While factors such as socio-economic status, the presence of children, age at dropout and school capability affected the likelihood of a student earning a GED or diploma, 59.2% of the high school dropouts in this study returned to gain either a high school diploma or a GED. The author contends that more studies should be conducted, focusing on positive correlates as a means to more effectively identify ways to increase the number of dropouts returning to get a degree of some sort. (Jeffrey C. Wayman, Education Policy Analysis Archives, February 2001)...

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