Graduation Requirements and Pathways to Graduation

New York State has introduced new options in recent years for students to meet graduation requirements. The Regents exams that have traditionally been used to satisfy the testing requirements for a Regents and Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation Diploma remain. The state has also designated additional “pathways” for students to satisfy diploma requirements, generally through some variation in required exams. While these pathways are referenced below, parents who have any questions about graduation requirements are strongly encouraged to contact their child’s counselor.

Course Requirements

Required Courses: Regents Diploma, Regents with Advanced Designation
English: 4 Units, 4 Units
Social Studies: 4 Units, 4 Units
Mathematics: 3 Units, 3 Units
Science: 3 Units, 3 Units
Foreign Language: 1 Unit, 3 Units
Health:  ½ Unit, ½ Unit
The Arts:  1 Unit, 1 Unit
Physical Education: 2 Units,  2 Units
Electives: 3 ½ Units, 1 ½ Units
Total Credits: 22 Units, 22 Units

Testing Requirements

Students must demonstrate competency in reading, writing, math, science and social studies by passing the examinations listed below:

Criteria to earn a Regents Diploma (passing score – 65%)

English Language Arts Regents Examination (one exam)
Social Studies Examination (one exam)
Mathematics Regents Examination (one exam)
Science Regents Examination (one exam)
Checkpoint A for LOTE or 1 unit of high school World Language credit

AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
A score of 65+ on a fifth Regents exam in Social Studies, Math OR Science
A state-approved Career and Technical Education assessment/pathway (the list is available from BOCES)
A state-approved Arts or Music Pathway
A state-approved Music Pathway
C-DOS Pathway Career Plan (216 hours and CTE coursework, which 54 of these hours in a work-based learning experience plus the completion of an Employability Profile and Career Plan each year of High School). The 54 hours do not need to be in the same program as the coursework.

Earning a Regents Diploma with Honors

Students receive a Regents Diploma with Honors by achieving a computed average of 90% or above on the required Regents Exams as referenced on the Regents Diploma requirements

Criteria to earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation (passing score – 65%):
English Language Arts Regents Examination (one exam)
Social Studies Examination (one exam)
Mathematics Regents Examination (three exams)
Science Regents Examination (two exams)
Checkpoint B for LOTE and 1 unit of high school World Language credit
 AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
A score of 65+ on a fifth Regents exam in Social Studies, Math OR Science
A state-approved Career and Technical Education assessment/pathway (the list is available from BOCES)
A state-approved Arts Pathway or Music Pathway
C-DOS Pathway Career Plan (216 hours and CTE coursework which 54 of these hours in a work-based learning experience plus the completion of an Employability Profile and Career Plan each year of High School). The 54 hours do not need to be in the same program as the coursework

Earning a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors

Students receive a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors by achieving a computed average of 90% or above on the required Regents Exams as referenced on the Regents with Advanced Designation requirements.

Criteria to earn a Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential

A C-DOS Commencement Credential can be used as a standalone high school exiting credential that shows students meet work-readiness criteria for Special Education students only, a supplement to a high school diploma, or to help meet Regents Diploma requirements as outlined above. To successfully meet C-DOS Commencement Credential requirements, students must complete a career plan and demonstrate attainment of career exploration and development learning standards. C-DOS requirements integrate academic course work and workplace readiness skills. Students must complete the equivalent of two units of study in Career and Technical Education course work, including 54 hours of work-based learning, and at least one employability profile.

Students acquiring 5 units of credit in one of the following may be exempt from the LOTE requirement: Art, Music, or Career and Technical Education.

Endorsements (three regents examinations in Math and three in Science with an 85% or higher)
Mastery in Math and Science

For more information regarding New York Diploma Requirement, please visit: http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction/general-education-and-diploma-requirements

Testing Required for Graduation

1. Low Pass Safety Net Option
a.  5 required regents exams with a 55 or better (for students with an IEP or 504, when applicable. 
i.      1 Math
ii.      1 Science
iii.      1 English
iv.      1 Global History and Geography
v.      1 US History and Government

2. Compensatory Safety Net Option
a. Scores between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams, other than the ELA or math exam, but compensates the low score with a 65 or better on another required Regents exam. Note: a score of at least 55 must be earned on both the ELA and math exams.  A score of 65 or higher on a single exam may not be used to compensate for more than one examination for which a score of 45-54 is earned. 
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/1005.html#assessment