ERIC Number: ED365867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Applied Performance Assessment: The External Diploma Program. EDP: Profile of a Mature, High Stakes, Large Scale, Applied-Performance Assessment System.
The External Diploma Program (EDP) of the American Council on Education is an applied-performance, competency-based assessment program that provides credentials to skilled adults who have acquired their high-school-level abilities through their life experience. Through the EDP mature adults can do the following: demonstrate their abilities in a series of simulations that parallel job and life situations; be evaluated against established criteria of performance instead of by comparison with others; take responsibility for acquiring instruction through existing community resources; and demonstrate mastery of all the competencies required, including an occupational or specialized skill, without stepping inside a classroom. Outcomes were originally determined through a task force consensus model, through which a group of business, labor, education, and government representatives agreed on life skill competencies. The outcomes have been updated periodically as new competencies have become necessary. Consistency and stability of the ratings are constantly monitored to ensure reliability. The portfolio assessment has been kept cost effective because there is no instructional component, recordkeeping has been streamlined, new instructional programs are not designed, assessments can be delivered at work sites, and raters meet frequently to build consensus. The EDP system has the following characteristics: (1) documents outcomes; (2) includes multiple modes of demonstration; (3) is a high-stakes assessment; (4) contains safeguards; (5) is valid; (6) is reliable; (7) has quality controls; and (8) can be cost effective. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: External Diploma Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Dallas, TX, November 1993).