The Stratford Board of Education through its Continuing Education Department will be offering Stratford adults a unique opportunity to obtain a high school diploma. In addition to the Credit Diploma and GED programs currently offered, Stratford Continuing Education will begin offering the National External Diploma Program (NEDP). Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a high school diploma by the Stratford Board of Education. NEDP is not a traditional classroom instructional program. It is designed for mature adults who are self-directed and prefer to demonstrate their knowledge in practical ways. Recognition is given for lifelong learning and employment experiences. NEDP is self-paced and confidential with flexible scheduling conducted through one-on-one appointments with trained advisors and assessors.
There are two phases to the National External Diploma Program, the Diagnostic Phase and the Assessment Phase. During the Diagnostic Phase an NEDP advisor evaluates the participant's basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and completes a survey of prior life experiences. Once the requirements of the Diagnostic Phase are met, the Assessment Phase begins. A trained NEDP assessor determines whether the participant can demonstrate writing, speaking, mathematics, problem-solving, reading, and critical thinking academic skills through the performance of real-life tasks. The Assessment Phase also requires that the participant satisfy an individualized competency in one of the following: Occupational/Vocational Competencies; Specialized Competencies; Advanced Academic Competency. Completing the program takes an average of six months. Skill level at entrance and the amount of time a person can devote to the program determine the length of time required.
For more information and to make an appointment, call the Stratford Continuing Education Office 203-385 4270.