High-School-Equivalency Diplomas Are on the Rise

High-school angst. Who needs it when you can get a diploma another way?

The number of people who earned general high-school-equivalency diplomas (G.E.D.'s) increased by 4.5 percent last year, to 526,411, largely because of new military recruiting programs and societal changes, the G.E.D. Testing Service said in a report in July.

Nearly 860,000 adults participated in the testing program, which is sponsored by the American Council on Education.