Adults in Illinois who failed to graduate from high school still can earn a General Educational Development certificate, also known as a GED.
But legislation approved by the General Assembly would provide what some consider to be a better alternative.
Students leave high school for a variety of reasons. Some drop out because of family obligations, financial pressures, or lack of motivation. Some are pushed out due to disciplinary problems. Once they reach age 21, their only option is to get a GED.