Learner Retention in Adult Secondary Education: A Comparative Study

Gopalakrishnan, Ajit
September 2008
Adult Basic Education & Literacy Journal;Fall2008, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p140
Academic Journal
Learner retention in adult secondary education has been studied only with respect to the General Educational Development (GED) preparation program. This paper compares the retention of learners enrolled in the GED preparation program to those enrolled in two other adult secondary completion program options. It discusses why significantly higher levels of graduation and retention may not be attainable if the GED preparation program is the only option available to learners. It suggests that expanding secondary completion program options must become a critical policy-level strategy for improving learner retention. It also proposes a new longitudinal perspective of retention that is based on the continued participation of learners in future fiscal years.


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