Amendment to Section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local High School Diploma

Amendment to Section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local High School Diploma

November 2012

SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD ADVISORY

FROM: James P. DeLorenzo                                      

SUBJECT:  Amendment to Section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local High School Diploma – PDF PDF document (Memo Only (51 KB) – See Attachments Below)

The Board of Regents, at their October 2012 meeting, approved the emergency adoption of an amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  These regulations, effective October 31, 2012, provide an additional option for a student with a disability to earn a local diploma through the use of a “compensatory option” if the student:

  1. scores between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams, other than the English language arts (ELA) or mathematics exam1, but scores 65 or higher on one or more of the required Regents exams, in which case the lower score(s) can be compensated by the higher score(s)2; and  
  2. obtains a passing grade, that meets or exceeds the required passing grade by the school, for the course in the subject area of the Regents examination in which he or she received a score of 45-54; and
  3. has a satisfactory attendance rate, in accordance with the district’s or school’s attendance policy, for the school year during which the student took the examination in which he or she received a score of 45-54, exclusive of excused absences; and
  4. is not already using a passing score on one or more Regents Competency Tests (RCTs) to graduate with a local diploma.  (A student may not use the compensatory score option if he or she is using a passing score on one or more RCTs to graduate with a local diploma.)

Attached, for additional information, are the amended regulations (Attachment A); a checklist for eligibility for the compensatory safety net option (Attachment B); and examples of possible scoring variations (Attachment C).  Questions and answers regarding safety net options have been posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/assessment.html.  Additional questions should be sent to speced@mail.nysed.gov. Responses to these additional questions will also be posted on that website.   

To ensure dissemination to appropriate individuals within a school district, I ask Superintendents to please share this memorandum with individuals such as Directors of Special Education, School Psychologists, Committee on Special Education Chairpersons, Guidance Counselors and Directors of Pupil Personnel and Parent Teacher Associations.  Questions regarding this memorandum may be directed to the Special Education Policy Unit at 518-473-2878 or to the Special Education Quality Assurance Office in your region:

Central Regional Office                           (315) 428-4556
Eastern Regional Office                          (518) 486-6366
Hudson Valley Regional Office                (518) 473-1185
Long Island Regional Office                    (631) 952-3352
New York City Regional Office                (718) 722-4544
Western Regional Office                         (585) 344-2002
Nondistrict Unit                                       (518) 473-1185

Attachments

Attachment A – Amendment of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education

Attachment B – Checklist for Eligibility for the Compensatory Safety Net Option

Attachment C – Compensatory Safety Net Options Examples

                                                                                                      

1) A score of at least 55 must be earned on both the ELA and mathematics exams.
2) A score of 65 or higher on a single examination may not be used to compensate for more than one examination for which a score of 45-54 is earned.

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students who First Enter Grade 9 in 2011 or 2012

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students
Who First Enter Grade 9 in 2011

Regents Diploma

Total Number of Units of Credit:  22

English Language Arts – 4 units

Social Studies – 4 units – (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of Economics)

Mathematics -3 units (may include or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*)

Science – 3 units – (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit – (including dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** - 1 unitÂ

Physical Education - 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations:  5

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • Global History and Geography
  • United States History and Government
  • One (1) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Mathematics A* or Mathematics B*); and
  • One (1) in Science.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

Local Additions to State Requirements for the Diploma
School districts may establish diploma requirements in addition to those required by Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

Students who successfully appeal one Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a Regents diploma.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

 

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Total Number of Units of Credit:    22Â

English Language Arts – 4 units Â

Social Studies – 4 units  (including 1 unit of American History, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of economics)    Â

Mathematics - 3 units (including Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*);

Science – 3 units (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and a third in either life sciences or physical science)Â

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit (including dance, music, theatre, or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** – 1 unit (plus an additional 2 LOTE units or a five- unit sequence in Career and Technical Education, or a five-unit sequence in the Arts).

Physical Education – 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations: 7, 8, or 9

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • United States History and Government
  • Global History and Geography
  • Students graduating beginning with the 2011-12 school year and thereafter, regardless of cohort, who passes any of the following 2 or 3 mathematics examination combinations will have met the mathematics assessment requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
    Two examination combination.  A student must pass:
    (1)  Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or
    (2)  Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
    (3)  Mathematics B and Integrated Algebra;
    Three examination combination.  A student must pass:
    (1)  Mathematics A, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
    (2)  Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Mathematics B, or
    (3)  Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • Two (2) in Science (at least one in life science and at least one in physical science); and
  • Language Other Than English (Regents Comprehensive Examination or if no Regents Examination is available a locally developed Checkpoint B examination) unless exempt through IEP or using a five-unit sequence substitution provision.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

*Students may take these examinations to meet diploma requirements while they are still being administered. These examinations are being phased out as follows:

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics A is January 2009.

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics B is June 2010.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

Local Diploma

The following local diploma options are available for students who first enter grade 9 in September 2011:  Â

  • Students with disabilities who score 55-64 on any of the required Regents examinations may earn a local diploma.
  • Students who successfully appeal two Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a local diploma.

These pages highlight high school diploma requirements. Please see Section 100.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations for complete information including alternatives for fulfilling the diploma requirements: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/

Questions on specific topics can be directed to the Curriculum and Instruction Office email at address: emscgradreq@mail.nysed.gov or emscurric@mail.nysed.gov.

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students who First Enter Grade 9 in 2009 or 2010

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students
Who First Enter Grade 9 in 2009-2010

Regents Diploma

Total Number of Units of Credit:  22

English Language Arts – 4 units

Social Studies – 4 units – (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of Economics)

Mathematics -3 units (may include or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*)

Science – 3 units – (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit – (including dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** - 1 unitÂ

Physical Education - 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations:  5

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • Global History and Geography
  • United States History and Government
  • One (1) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Mathematics A* or Mathematics B*); and
  • One (1) in Science.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

Local Additions to State Requirements for the Diploma
School districts may establish diploma requirements in addition to those required by Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

Students who successfully appeal one Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a Regents diploma.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

 

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Total Number of Units of Credit:    22Â

English Language Arts – 4 units Â

Social Studies – 4 units  (including 1 unit of American History, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of economics)    Â

Mathematics - 3 units (including Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*);

Science – 3 units (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and a third in either life sciences or physical science)Â

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit (including dance, music, theatre, or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** – 1 unit (plus an additional 2 LOTE units or a five- unit sequence in Career and Technical Education, or a five-unit sequence in the Arts).

Physical Education – 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations: 7, 8, or 9

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • United States History and Government
  • Global History and Geography
  • Mathematics Two (2) or Three (3):
    •  Students graduating before the 2011-12 school year must pass one of four combinations of commencement level Regents Examinations in mathematics: For the two examination combination, Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry; For the three examination combination, Mathematics A, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry.
    •  Students graduating beginning with the 2011-12 school year and thereafter, regardless of cohort, must pass any of the following 2 or 3 mathematics examination combinations will have met the mathematics assessment requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
      •   Two examination combination.  A student must pass:         Â
        • Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or
        • Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
        • Mathematics B and Integrated Algebra;
      • Three examination combination.  A student must pass:
        •   Mathematics A, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
        •   Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Mathematics B, or
        •  Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • Two (2) in Science (at least one in life science and at least one in physical science); and
  • Language Other Than English (Regents Comprehensive Examination or if no Regents Examination is available a locally developed Checkpoint B examination) unless exempt through IEP or using a five-unit sequence substitution provision.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

*Students may take these examinations to meet diploma requirements while they are still being administered. These examinations are being phased out as follows:

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics A is January 2009.

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics B is June 2010.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

Local Diploma

The following local diploma options are available for students who first enter grade 9 in September 2009-2010:  Â

  • Students with disabilities who score 55-64 on any of the required Regents examinations may earn a local diploma.
  • Students with disabilities entering grade 9 prior to 2011-12 who fail one or more Regents Examinatons and who pass the correspondening Regents Competency Tests (RCT) will receive a local diploma.
  • Students who successfully appeal two Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a local diploma.

These pages highlight high school diploma requirements. Please see Section 100.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations for complete information including alternatives for fulfilling the diploma requirements: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/

Questions on specific topics can be directed to the Curriculum and Instruction Office email at address: emscgradreq@mail.nysed.gov or emscurric@mail.nysed.gov.

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students who First Enter Grade 9 in 2008

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students
Who First Enter Grade 9 in 2008

Regents Diploma

Total Number of Units of Credit:  22

English Language Arts – 4 units

Social Studies – 4 units – (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of Economics)

Mathematics -3 units (may include or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*)

Science – 3 units – (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit – (including dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** - 1 unitÂ

Physical Education - 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations:  5

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • Global History and Geography
  • United States History and Government
  • One (1) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Mathematics A* or Mathematics B*); and
  • One (1) in Science.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

Local Additions to State Requirements for the Diploma
School districts may establish diploma requirements in addition to those required by Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

Students who successfully appeal one Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a Regents diploma.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

 

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Total Number of Units of Credit:    22Â

English Language Arts – 4 units Â

Social Studies – 4 units  (including 1 unit of American History, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of economics)    Â

Mathematics - 3 units (including Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*);

Science – 3 units (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and a third in either life sciences or physical science)Â

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit (including dance, music, theatre, or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** – 1 unit (plus an additional 2 LOTE units or a five- unit sequence in Career and Technical Education, or a five-unit sequence in the Arts).

Physical Education – 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations: 7, 8, or 9

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • United States History and Government
  • Global History and Geography
  • Mathematics Two (2) or Three (3):
    •  Students graduating before the 2011-12 school year must pass one of four combinations of commencement level Regents Examinations in mathematics: For the two examination combination, Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry; For the three examination combination, Mathematics A, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry.
    •  Students graduating beginning with the 2011-12 school year and thereafter, regardless of cohort, must pass any of the following 2 or 3 mathematics examination combinations will have met the mathematics assessment requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
      •   Two examination combination.  A student must pass:         Â
        • Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or
        • Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
        • Mathematics B and Integrated Algebra;
      • Three examination combination.  A student must pass:
        •   Mathematics A, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
        •   Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Mathematics B, or
        •  Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • Two (2) in Science (at least one in life science and at least one in physical science); and
  • Language Other Than English (Regents Comprehensive Examination or if no Regents Examination is available a locally developed Checkpoint B examination) unless exempt through IEP or using a five-unit sequence substitution provision.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

*Students may take these examinations to meet diploma requirements while they are still being administered. These examinations are being phased out as follows:

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics A is January 2009.

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics B is June 2010.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

Local Diploma

The following local diploma options are available for students who first enter grade 9 in September 2009-2010:  Â

  • Students with disabilities who score 55-64 on any of the required Regents examinations may earn a local diploma.
  • Students with disabilities entering grade 9 prior to 2011-12 who fail one or more Regents Examinatons and who pass the correspondening Regents Competency Tests (RCT) will receive a local diploma.
  • Students who successfully appeal two Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a local diploma.

These pages highlight high school diploma requirements. Please see Section 100.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations for complete information including alternatives for fulfilling the diploma requirements: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/

Questions on specific topics can be directed to the Curriculum and Instruction Office email at address: emscgradreq@mail.nysed.gov or emscurric@mail.nysed.gov.

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students who First Enter Grade 9 in 2007

Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students
Who First Enter Grade 9 in 2007

Regents Diploma

Total Number of Units of Credit:  22

English Language Arts – 4 units

Social Studies – 4 units – (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of Economics)

Mathematics - 3 units – (may include Mathematics A and Mathematics B or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry)

Science – 3 units – (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit – (including dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** - 1 unitÂ

Physical Education - 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations:  5

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • Global History and Geography
  • United States History and Government
  • One (1) in Mathematics (Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Integrated Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2/Trigonometry); and
  • One (1) in Science.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

Local Additions to State Requirements for the Diploma
School districts may establish diploma requirements in addition to those required by Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

Students who successfully appeal one Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a Regents diploma.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Total Number of Units of Credit:    22Â

English Language Arts – 4 units Â

Social Studies – 4 units  (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of economics)    Â

Mathematics - – 3 units – (may include Mathematics A and Mathematics B or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry)

Science – 3 units (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and a third in either life sciences or physical science)Â

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit (including dance, music, theatre, or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** – 1 unit (plus an additional 2 LOTE units or a five- unit sequence in Career and Technical Education, or a five-unit sequence in the Arts).

Physical Education – 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations: 7, 8, or 9

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • United States History and Government
  • Global History and Geography
  • Mathematics Two (2) or Three (3):
    •  Students graduating before the 2011-12 school year must pass one of four combinations of commencement level Regents Examinations in mathematics: For the two examination combination, Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry; For the three examination combination, Mathematics A, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry.
    •  Students graduating beginning with the 2011-12 school year and thereafter, regardless of cohort, must pass any of the following 2 or 3 mathematics examination combinations will have met the mathematics assessment requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
      •   Two examination combination.  A student must pass:         Â
        • Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or
        • Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
        • Mathematics B and Integrated Algebra;
      • Three examination combination.  A student must pass:
        •   Mathematics A, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
        •   Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Mathematics B, or
        •  Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • Two (2) in Science (at least one in life science and at least one in physical science); and
  • Language Other Than English (Regents Comprehensive Examination or if no Regents Examination is available a locally developed Checkpoint B examination) unless exempt through IEP or using a five-unit sequence substitution provision.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

Local Diploma

The following local diploma options are available for students who first enter grade 9 in September 2007:  Â

  • General education students who score 55-64 on no more than one of the required Regents examinations and who score 65 or above on at least four of the required Regents examinations may earn a local diploma as determined by the local school district.
  • Students with disabilities who score 55-64 on any of the required Regents examinations may earn a local diploma.
  • Students with disabilities who fail one or more Regents Examinations and who pass the corresponding Regents Competency Test (RCT) will receive a local diploma.

Students who successfully appeal two Regents Examination scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a local diploma.

These pages highlight high school diploma requirements. Please see Section 100.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations for complete information including alternatives for fulfilling the diploma requirements: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/opener.html

Questions on specific topics can be directed to the Curriculum and Instruction Office email address at: emscgradreq@mail.nysed.gov or emscurric@mail.nysed.gov.


footer.png