A Second Chance for Oregon, High School Dropouts and the GED

Oregon has a high school dropout crisis, but the state does not adequately support the primary tool to help young adults get back on track for college and career: The General Educational Development (GED) credential.

It cannot be said that Oregon dropped the GED ball because the state never truly picked it up. Providing services for young adult dropouts who wish to earn a GED certificate has been barely an afterthought in statewide planning. A mix of under-funded, under-coordinated public and private providers have done their best to fill the gap, but they face a steep challenge.

Oregon has a second chance with the launch of a revised GED exam in 2014.

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