In these cases, early school leavers can use GED to complete their secondary education. Also, be sure to check the requirements in your state. More than 40% of people who drop out of high school do so at least in part because they believe the GED will be easier. In mine, you can’t be enrolled in high school or homeschool and take the GED.
While the GED Testing Service states that GEDs are accepted by 97% of employers and colleges, and 60% of GED graduates are enrolled in college, there’s more to consider. GED recipients don’t earn as much as students who stay in school and earn their high school diploma, and fewer GED diploma recipients are finishing college because they aren’t as prepared as high school graduates.
Is it worth getting out and getting a GED?
A study from the University of Virginia found that bullying and teasing caused some students to drop out. If you have pretty strong academic skills and drop out of high school and take the GED, you won’t get any additional college preparation. Other studies show that GED holders score slightly better than early school leavers, but still poorly compared to regular high school graduates, who, even in today’s knowledge-based economy, earn only 54 percent of what university graduates earn, according to 1999 Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. Dropping out of high school and completing a GED has consequences for success in college, in the workplace, or in the military.