ERIC Number: ED356347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Results from the First National EDP Survey. Report from the Other High School Diploma Program.
The National External Degree Program (EDP) of the American Council on Education is an alternative way for adults to earn a high school diploma. EDP is a competency-based, high school level assessment system that credentials mature adults who have acquired their high school level skills through their life experience. It uses materials adults have seen and used in their roles as citizens and workers. EDP differs from the General Educational Development (GED) Tests, because EDP does not look like a traditional test but consists of projects and oral interviews in which adults demonstrate 65 competencies in a series of private, weekly appointments. No courses are required; counseling and referrals are part of the EDP system. EDP has been added to provide an alternative for a population not normally served by the GED program. The first national survey of EDP graduates has been conducted. It illustrates how EDP complements GED, as it serves a different population with regard to student goals, age, and time spent out of school. According to the findings, nearly one in four indicated some disability; 66 percent were employed for pay before entering the program, as compared to 50 percent among GED test-takers; two-thirds indicated personal satisfaction as the most important reason for taking the EDP, whereas 32 percent of GED test-takers cited employment; and less than 2 years after completing the EDP, 40 percent had enrolled in another educational program. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Certification, Comparative Analysis, Competency Based Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Certificates, Employment Experience, Experiential Learning, External Degree Programs, High School Equivalency Programs, Lifelong Learning, Performance, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Center for Adult Learning and Educational Credentials.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests