What is the National External Diploma Program? (N.E.D.P.)


The National External Diploma Program is composed of two phases.  The first phase is the diagnostics phase, while the second phase is the assessment phase.  Upon successful completion of both phases, students receive their diploma.  The NEDP program is recognized by the United States Department of Education.  Each of the two phases of the NEDP are explained more in depth in the next two panels.

In the Diagnostic Phase a trained NEDP advisor conducts a series of evaluations of the adult's basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as entry-level job skills. The applicant then receives a prescriptive analysis, if necessary, that shows which skills require upgrading as well as a list of helpful community resources from which to acquire the necessary remediation. The individual may also pursue other means, including self-study, depending on what is best suited to personal needs and preferences.  After a period of study to upgrade skills, the applicant returns for reassessment. Testing for the reading, writing and math test are conducted on Thursday's from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Garnet-Patterson S.T.A.Y. Opportunity Academy.


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The beauty about the program with Garnet-Patterson S.T.A.Y. is our commitment to student achievement through our in-house academic support team.  Our in-house academic support team consists of two certified math and reading teachers respectively.  We also provide tutoring support for our scholars to successfully progress to the next NEDP phase.  Our tutors provide push-in (classroom integration) support as well as pull-out (small group) support.  We are committed to helping adult scholars achieve their dreams of obtaining their high school diploma.  Our academic support classes meet Monday through Thursday from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm.  

In the Assessment Phase the adult learner works with a trained NEDP assessor to demonstrate 65 competencies that are embedded in a series of simulations of realistic tasks, such as finding a job or exploring economics and global interdependence. In this phase the adult also demonstrates an individualized competency by verifying occupational or specialized skills. This is done through an employer evaluation or a performance demonstration in front of a community expert in the specialized field. Advanced academic assessment or completion of training programs also can serve as individualized competency demonstration. Once these and the 65 competencies are demonstrated with 100 percent mastery and reviewed by another assessment specialist, the local or state school board awards a traditional high school diploma.