ERIC Number: ED185422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Program Design for External High School Diploma Program.
Rawlings, Lyngrid S.; Davison, Jean B.
Designed to provide mature adults in an urban setting with an alternative to the high school diploma, the External High School Diploma Program of the District of Columbia is a systematic assessment of an individual's demonstrated competencies in the four generalized life skills areas of health, social/political, consumer/producer, and career assessment/occupational knowledge; the program also provides for assessment of demonstrated competencies in one of the individualized areas of occupational/vocational, advanced academic, or advanced specialized. The five steps in the program are orientation, diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, and recommendation for approval. During the assessment phase, the most important step, the candidates (1) develop a portfolio containing all data on and by them which will be the equivalent of a high school transcript after graduation and (2) earn 100 points in each of the four life skills areas by demonstrating specified competencies and in one of the individualized competencies areas. Evaluation in the occupational/vocational area includes employer testimony, job performance, or documentation. Designed for clients hoping to pursue postsecondary studies, the advanced academic category involved application to a college. All other individuals are included in the advanced specialized category. (Appendixes include lists of generalized life skills and individualized competencies and sample assessment tasks and achievement records.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Achievement, Adult Education, Competence, Educational Certificates, Experience, Experiential Learning, Graduation Requirements, High School Equivalency Programs, Informal Assessment, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Education, Portfolios (Background Materials), Program Descriptions, Program Design, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia