Many years ago in Massachusetts the Department of Education decided to refer to the GED® credential as a diploma, not a certificate. Now, in Washington D.C., the State Board of Education "recently directed the State Superintendent of Education to draft regulations that would award high school diplomas to GED graduates" http://greatergreaterwashington.org/tag/adult+education/
In your state, do High School Equivalency exam(s) passers get a certificate, or a diploma? Do those who pass the National External Diploma program get a diploma?
David J. Rosen
Moderator, Program Management CoP
From my list of GED-offering states, these appear to be the ones offering some type of high school diploma vs certificate for passing the Test. I can't speak to the NEDP, etc.AR, CT, FL, HI, KS, KY, MD, NE, NJ, NM, OK A few (by my count 4) others that offer something with Diploma in the name, but includes additional qualifiers (high school equivalency, diploma by examination).
Thanks CT, very helpful information. It looks like there are quite a few states now that offer an adult (HSE) high school diploma.
Anyone have additional information to add, for example about states that offer the NEDP, the TASC and/or HiSET?
David J. Rosen
The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) is a competency-based, applied performance assessment system that allows adults and out-of-school youth to demonstrate their abilities in a series of simulations that parallel job and life situations. The performance tasks align with the College and Career Readiness Standards for high school exit level and preparation for success in college and careers. Utilizing the web-based system, participants are evaluated against a criterion of excellence instead of by comparison to others, take responsibility for their own learning by using existing resources, and achieve mastery of all required competencies, plus a college and career competency. Because it is self-directed, the NEDP develops self-efficacy skills that are needed for ongoing success in career pathways.
NEDP is currently provided in the following states: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington. In Maryland the NEDP is a state-issued diploma whereas the other states approve locally-issued diplomas. However, two states are presently seeking approval for the NEDP to become state-issued.
The certificates my students receive for their HiSET in Massachusetts are not diplomas but "high school equivalency credentials." Apparently things have changed here.
In Pennsylvania we can offer a diploma. Our local high school has a special program called "Project Succeed" which offers adults a GED. After completing the program the adult student receives a diploma.
The state dept of ed offers high school diplomas without qualifying language to those who pass any of the 3 accepted tests: GED, Hi-SET or TASC.
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Utah was not included in this list. Utah offers a High School Completion Diploma to all students who complete the GED. We also offer a credit based high school diploma for all adults. The credit based diploma allows students to receive some credit for work experience and is very similar to the high school diplomas offered across the state (minus a few electives). Many of our Adult Education programs focus on helping students earn their credit based diploma with options available for those who are attempting to pass their GED.
Thanks Stephanie and Natalie. I will add your postings to the list when I update it soon.
Everyone: does your state offer an adult high school diploma that should be added to the update?
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Program Management group
HSCP allows Vermont residents to carve out their own path to high school graduation by creating a Personalized Graduation Plan that meets state graduation requirements as well as student goals.
Students 16 and older create a plan in partnership with the local adult education provider, with approval from a local high school. Starting with a high school transcript as a baseline, students can integrate courses, workshops, internships, projects as well as paid employment into a graduation plan based on a student's individual skills, needs and goals. Students can even take college courses for free while pursing their high school diploma. The result… a high school diploma from a local area high school!