In the Assessment Phase the adult learner works with a trained NEDP assessor to demonstrate 65 competencies that are embedded in a series of simulations of realistic tasks, such as finding a job or exploring economics and global interdependence. In this phase the adult also demonstrates an individualized competency by verifying occupational or specialized skills. This is done through an employer evaluation or a performance demonstration in front of a community expert in the specialized field. Advanced academic assessment or completion of training programs also can serve as individualized competency demonstration. Once these and the 65 competencies are demonstrated with 100 percent mastery and reviewed by another assessment specialist, the local or state school board awards a traditional high school diploma.