NEDP Questions and Answers

What is the NEDP?

The National External Diploma Program® (NEDP) is a flexible, self-directed web-based program, overseen by approved agencies, where the reading, writing, math and workforce readiness skills of participants are assessed through a series of tasks to earn a New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma. Tasks are meant to demonstrate high school level skills that parallel job and life situations (examples include writing a resume, calculating the interest on a loan, and identifying state and local political issues). Participants work independently on a computer and meet with an advisor/assessor on a regular basis. NEDP is aligned to the Career and College Readiness Standards.

Is there a test?

The NEDP program does not require students to take any timed, high-stakes tests. However, demonstration of academic mastery at the 9th grade level equivalency on the CASAS[1] Assessments, as well as a score of 9.0 or better on the TABE D[2] in reading and math, is required for program admission.

Once in the program there are regular “In Office Checks,” where participants meet with an advisor/assessor and are assessed on their ability to complete untimed assignments. Participants must demonstrate 100% mastery of NEDP competencies in various content areas (and have multiple opportunities to reach this 100% level).

The Post Task Assessment (PTA) component consists of correcting any items that have not been fully demonstrated. In other words, candidates are able to make corrections of missed items, questions and/or exercises either simultaneously with newly assigned units, or upon completion of the last unit’s submission, until 100% mastery has been demonstrated.

Participants are also required to complete a “College and Career Competency” through one of the following options: 1) Occupational/Vocational Competencies (usually completed via verification of employment); 2) A Specialized Skill (demonstration of mastery in a special skill or talent such as music, art, photography, etc.); or 3) Transition to postsecondary education.

Do I need to have computer skills to enroll in NEDP?

All NEDP assignments must be completed online, so basic computer skills are needed. Tutorials for necessary technology skills are included for the participants’ support when they are required for successful completion of the NEDP competency.

How long does the NEDP program take to complete?

Because NEDP is a flexible, self-paced program, participants work independently, so completion times vary. Many NEDP clients finish within 6 -12 months, but as study is independent and the skills level and life circumstances differ for each participant, this influences the length of time a student will be in the program.

Do I have to participate in classes?

No. NEDP is not class-based. The program follows an individualized approach in which participants are assigned a one-on-one advisor/assessor with whom they must meet on a regular schedule. For agencies that have tutors on site, it is recommended that participants come in on a weekly basis to obtain assistance from tutors in completing assignments.

What kind of diploma will I receive?

Upon completion of NEDP, students receive a New York State (NYS) HSE Diploma. (Commissioner’s Regulations 100.7).

Will the diploma I receive from completing the NEDP be used to apply for college?

Yes. Your NYS HSE will be issued by the NYS Education Department. It may be used just as a high school (HS) diploma would be used. Keep in mind that colleges have varying admissions standards to which all applicants must adhere.

How do I apply for my diploma?

In conjunction with your NEDP approved agency, complete Attachment N, being careful to include all required signatures, and send it to the address on the top of the form. 

I received a HS or HSE diploma based on NEDP completion prior to September 1, 2016 and need a duplicate. How do I get one?

If you completed NEDP prior to September 1, 2016, contact the school district that issued your diploma. If you need further assistance, contact the approved agency with whom you worked. If you are unsure of the school that issued the diploma or the approved agency, and you completed the NEDP between 2013 and August 31, 2016, you may contact either Celanire Flagg ( or Christine O’Hara ( at CASAS for assistance in locating the school and/or agency. You can also access the CASAS webpage for current locations of approved agencies.

I received a HS or HSE diploma based on NEDP completion after August 31, 2016 and I need a duplicate. How do I get one?

To receive an official duplicate NYS HSE Diploma based on NEDP completion after August 31, 2016, complete an Attachment H and mail with a $10.00 money order to the address on the top of the form.

Where are programs in New York State?

A map of NEDP programs in NYS is available.

1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund
330 West 42nd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
1199 SEIU website

* Only for eligible 1199 union members.

1199 SEIU Training Fund – Albany
155 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

* Only for eligible 1199 union members.

Buffalo Public Schools - Adult Education Division
389 Virginia St 
Buffalo, NY 14201
Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education website

Eastern Suffolk BOCES
201 Sunrise Highway
Patchogue, NY 11772
Eastern Suffolk BOCES website

Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
8685 Erie Rd
Angola, NY 14006
E2CCB website

459 Philo Road
Building 8
Elmira, NY 14903
GST BOCES website

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES
352 Gros Boulevard
Herkimer, NY 13350
Herkimer BOCES website

Ken-Ton Schools Office of Continuing Education
3200 Elmwood Avenue
Philip Sheridan Building
Kenmore, NY 14217
Jefferson Elementary website

LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue C203
Long Island City, NY 11101
LaGuardia Community College website

*Only for deaf and hard of hearing

Literacy West NY, Inc.
5455 State Route 19N
Belmont, NY 14813

Long Beach Public Schools
500 Centre Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
Long Beach Public Schools website

Madison-Oneida BOCES Rome Access Site
266-268 West Dominick Street
Rome, NY 13440
Madison-Oneida BOCES website

Madison-Oneida BOCES Utica Access Site
BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education
508 Second Street
Utica, NY 13501
Madison-Oneida BOCES website

Monroe 2 - Orleans BOCES, Center for Workforce Development
Rochester Technology Park, 160 Wallace Way, Building 9
Rochester, NY 14624
Monroe 2 - Orleans BOCES website

OCM-BOCES Career Training Center
200 Elwood Davis Road
Liverpool, NY 13088
OCM-BOCES website

The Center for New Careers at McEvoy Educational Campus
1710 NYS Route 13
Cortland, NY 13045
OCM BOCES website

Orleans Niagara BOCES
4124 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, NY 14132
Orleans Niagara BOCES website

Queens Library Long Island City
37-44 21st
Long Island City, NY 11101

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
7227 State Highway 56
Norwood, NY 13668
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES website

Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga (TST) BOCES
555 Warren Road, Bldg. J
Ithaca, NY 14850
TST BOCES website

Ulster BOCES
727 Grant Avenue
Lake Katrine , NY 12449
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES
131 Drumlin Court, Eisenhower Building
Newark, NY 14513
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES website
Western Suffolk BOCES
17 Westminster Avenue
Dix Hills, NY 11746
631-667-6000 x 327
Western Suffolk BOCES website
Yonkers Public Schools - Pathways to Success
75 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701


[1] CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems) is the administrative agency for NEDP.

[2] More information about TABE Tests and Levels.