FAST FACTS about the National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

What is NEDP?

NEDP is a nationally and state recognized computer-based assessment program for adults and youth who have dropped out of school. The minimum age requirement varies from 18 to 21 depending on the agency providing NEDP in New York State. The NEDP is not a test but a flexible, self-paced assessment program where students – called clients, as this is an assessment program not an instructional program – work independently on a series of online assignments that cover  a variety of academic subjects. There are no classes. NEDP is flexible, can be done at home, and can fit into many busy schedules. Clients demonstrate their knowledge of the academic content by successfully completing assignments and meeting online, or in person, weekly or bi-weekly with their Advisor/Assessor. The Advisor/Assessor is responsible for reviewing client work and approving assignments where mastery has been demonstrated or providing feedback to clients when mastery of online assignments is not demonstrated. Clients should plan to spend about 8-10 hours of independent work weekly. Clients who complete NEDP are awarded a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma by the New York State Education Department. 

What are the requirements to get into NEDP?

  • New York State adults and out-of-school youth without a high school or high school equivalency diploma who are 18 years or older and have resided in the state for at least 30 days.
  • Prescreening measures and signing NYS NEDP Client Agreement to ensure client fully understands the commitment required.
  • Completion of requisite CASAS Diagnostic Assessments at a 9th grade level of equivalency or comparable equivalency using testing required by NEDP provider agency.

Is there an NEDP provider in my area?

Which clients are best for NEDP?

  • Adults and out-of-school youth who need a flexible program and can spend 8-10 hours weekly on online assignments and 1 hour weekly or bi-weekly (online or in-person) meeting with their Advisor/Assessor
  • Individuals who  suffer from test anxiety or find timed tests very challenging.
  • Individuals who struggle with higher order math
  • Non-native English speakers who can work at their own pace.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The length of time it takes to complete NEDP and receive a New  York State High School Equivalency diploma  is directly dependent on the amount of independent work the client does each week, and the rate at which they move through the eight required competency areas. With continual and sustained effort, clients can complete NEDP in 6-12 months.