NYS Ed Dept. seeks feedback on new Regents diploma, graduation requirements

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Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Board of Regents and State Education Department are planning a series of meetings across New York to talk about requirements and education for a Regents diploma.

The meetings are part of a multi-stage review of graduation requirements and measures. Phase One of the review plans to obtain feedback from students, educators, parents, the community at large, businesses and others about the education and graduation process across the state.

Starting at the end of this month, a series of meetings will be held in each judicial district through April. People who attend the meetings will break into small groups to discuss five questions intended to gather information about how to best prepare students for learning, post-secondary education, and careers beyond their initial schooling.

Those questions include:

  1. What do we want students to know and to be able to do before they graduate?
  2. How do we want students to demonstrate such knowledge and skills?
  3. How do you measure learning and achievement (as it pertains to the answers to #2 above) to ensure they are indicators of high school completion?
  4. How can measures of achievement accurately reflect the skills and knowledge of our special populations, such as students with disabilities and English language learners?
  5. What course requirements or examinations will ensure that students are prepared for college and careers or civic engagement?

An online survey is available on the New York State Education Department website for people unable to attend meetings.

“By asking for input during every step of the graduation measure review process, we will ensure we hear diverse viewpoints from every region of the state,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said.

There will be two dates for meetings in the Rochester area: February 13 and March 5. Both meetings run from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Anyone who wants to attend the meeting(s) is required to pre-register here.

The February 13 meeting will be run by Wade Norwood and will be held at the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES building on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport with satellite locations at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Service Center in LeRoy and Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center in Newark.

The March 5 meeting will be run by Norwood and Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown at East High School with a satellite location at Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy on Genesee Street in Rochester.

The information will be compiled and review by members of a commission members, who will be named later this year, and look at revising the current standards to better show what students know and if they are career and college ready.

The commission will begin meeting in September and review all of the feedback to prioritize what needs to be done.

A series of recommendations will be compiled by fall 2021 - winter 2022. The final report is expected to be completed and submitted to the Board of Regents by winter 2022.