Diploma Options Available Through TST BOCES

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Adults and out-of-school youth in the community who are seeking a High School Equivalency diploma have some flexible options available through TST BOCES.
“There are two pathways to get your diploma — the TASC (formerly GED) and the NEDP (National External Diploma Program), which we started here last year,” said Michelle Candela-Jordan, High School Equivalency Program Coordinator at TST BOCES. “Both are designed to prepare individuals with the skills necessary for future employment and post-secondary training.”
The TASC is aligned with the College and Career Readiness standards and is available as either a computer-based or paper-based test. The exam covers five subject areas (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) all of which require the test-taker to demonstrate a level of knowledge and skill that is on par with graduating high school seniors.
The other option, the NEDP, is rising in its recognition as a skills-based, self-directed alternative, Candela-Jordan said. Through this program, students use academic and life skills, as well as real-life experiences, to demonstrate competencies in an applied performance process.
“It’s a great program because it is so flexible,” Candela-Jordan said. “The student works at their own pace in their own environment. Students are assessed at the outset for readiness to enter the program through a variety of evaluations which identify skills deficiencies and a plan is developed to strengthen those skills. An adviser meets with students and monitors their progress regularly until they complete and show mastery in all of the content areas.”
For more information, visit the HSE page of tstboces.org or call 607-257-1561.