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Topic: EDP and high school high stakes testing
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Esther D Leonelli

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Registered: 12/4/04
EDP and high school high stakes testing
Posted: Nov 5, 2005 5:24 AM
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Here in Massachusetts, the alternative adult diploma and external diploma
programs across the state are facing a July 2006 deadline for requiring
high school high stakes testing of adult learners pursuing an alternative high
school credential. When Ed Reform was passed in MA over 10 years ago, a
requirement for high school graduation was the statewide testing of 10th
graders in math and reading according to the MA K-12 Curriculum Frameworks
effective with classes after 2003. A state adult diploma advocacy group
was successful in getting a waiver for adult learners (generally over the
age of 22) from taking MCAS (the statewide assessment) pending the
development of an alternative assessmen based upon MA ABE
Curriculum Frameworks. This waiver is to expire at the end of this year.

I'm curious as to whether other states have adult or external diploma
programs and whether participants are required to take a "high stakes"
test designed for K-12 high school certification. Could you describe your
experience with this? I'm particularly interested in states which follow
the EDP model, as that is what we use here in Boston.


Esther D. Leonelli <>
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50 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
Tel: 617-268-1912 Fax: 617-464-7924

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