Only an average of one in 10 Hispanic high school dropouts gets a General Educational Development credential, compared with two in 10 African-American dropouts and three in 10 white dropouts, according to a report released by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center.
The low rate of Hispanics earning GED credentials is notable because they have a higher dropout rate than blacks or whites, writes the report’s author, Richard Fry, a senior research associate for the center.
Many of those Hispanics who are high school dropouts and didn’t get a GED were born outside the United States. The report says that among Hispanic dropouts living in this country, 21 percent of those who were born here have a GED, compared with just 5 percent of foreign-born Hispanics.
A version of this article appeared in the May 19, 2010 edition of Education Week as General Educational Development Credential