Moving Teenage Parents into Self-Sufficiency: Lessons From Recent Demonstrations. Education


It is easier for programs to increase enrollment in GED programs than to increase high school retention or re-enrollment in high school.  Higher rates of GED program attendance and school enrollment may not lead to improvements in basic skills or higher graduation rates.

  • TPD increased school and GED program enrollment, but it did not improve average reading or math skills.  Only one of the three TPD programs increased the high school graduation rate.
  • LEAP increased attendance and grade attainment but did not increase high school graduation rates.  It increased GED attainment only among those who were initially enrolled in school or a GED program.
  • New Chance increased GED attainment, but it reduced high school graduation rates.  It did not increase average reading skills.