This two-page issue brief from MDRC focus describes two projects — one completed and the other just starting — testing a career-focused GED curriculum model that aims to improve high school credentialing and college entry rates. It offers a contextualized, career-focused GED curriculum while supporting students in their transition to college or training.

The career-focused GED curriculum model aims to improve high school credentialing and college entry rates. It offers a contextualized, career-focused GED curriculum, while supporting students in their transition to college or training. In this model, the “pathway” is sequential in that it focuses on first getting students the high school credential and then helping them transition to college. It is especially useful in states where a high school credential is required to enroll in public postsecondary institutions.