January 24, 2017
The National External Diploma Program. Some adult learners, who have skills based on life experience but lack a high school diploma, may not be comfortable taking the GED® exams. For these adults, The Education Exchange offers the National External Diploma Program (NEDP), which allows students to earn a high school diploma that is portfolio based. The program is designed for students 21 years or older with life experience because the NEDP is:
  • Self-paced
  • Confidential
  • Conducted by trained practitioners in one-on-one, face to face appointments
The NEDP consists of two phases; the first assesses and strengthens the basic academic, computer, and critical thinking skills of the participants.  In the second phase, students use their high school level reading, writing, math, and workforce readiness skills to perform real life tasks and develop an online portfolio of evidence.  During this phase a trained NEDP assessor evaluates the student’s portfolio and understanding of completed projects. NEDP is a web based program that encompasses eight content areas:
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • Civic Literacy
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • 21st Century Workplace
  • Geography and History
  • Science
Course Fee
$300.00.   The total cost of the program is $1,300: the Rhode Island Department of Education pays $1,000, and NEDP candidates must pay $300.
How Long Does the Course Take?
After registering and meeting the test score requirements to enter the program, completing the NEDP takes an average of 6 months. Your skill level and the amount of time you can devote to the program determine the length of time required.
Will I get a real diploma and can I use it to go to college?
Yes! You will receive a high school diploma from Central Falls. You may then apply to any college, just like any other high school graduate. Remember, colleges have varying admissions standards to which all applicants must adhere, regardless of where they obtain their diploma. You should consult with the institution that you plan to seek admission.
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