© 2021
In touch with the world ... at home on the High Plains
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

In Texas, GED Numbers Are Plummeting

CC0 Creative Commons

The number of adults taking and passing the GED exam in Texas has plummeted recently, reports the Jacksonville Progress. The General Education Development test serves as a stand-in for a high-school diploma, for students who dropped out or failed to graduate.

Texas has set a goal that, by 2030, 60 percent of residents ages 25-34 should have a college degree or its equivalent. But the new GED numbers reveal that students in the Lone Star State may be heading in the wrong direction. From 2003-2012, the number of Texans who were receiving their GED stood at an average annual rate of 34,000. By 2016, that number had dropped by over a third, to just over 22,000.

Chandra Villanueva, a senior policy analyst who authored the GED report, noted that “Texas historically has the highest percentage of adults without a high school diploma or equivalency.”