NYS Seeks Community Input on NYS Graduation Requirements

NYS Seeks Community Input on NYS Graduation Requirements
Posted on 02/21/2020

On March 4, 2020, the Board of Regents and State Education Department will host a regional meeting to gather feedback on what a diploma should signify to ensure educational excellence and equity for every student in New York State. This regional meeting is part of a series being held across New York State to gather stakeholder input and is an integral part of Phase I in the review of graduation measures. Parents, students, educators, and community and business representatives are encouraged to attend.

Regent Josephine Finn, 3rd Judicial District, will host the meeting in collaboration with Charles Khoury, Ed.D., Ulster BOCES District Superintendent, and Robert Dufour, Ed.D., Sullivan BOCES District Superintendent. The meeting will be held at the Ulster BOCES Conference Center, 175 Route 32 N., New Paltz, NY, from 5-7 PM. The snowdate for this event is March 11.

“As we begin the process of reviewing what a diploma in New York State should look like, it is imperative that we gather input from as many stakeholders and interested parties as possible and examine what is working in other states,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “I look forward to receiving and considering their valuable input throughout this important and essential conversation. Through these efforts, we will help ensure that every child in New York State has equitable access to a high-quality education.”

The meetings will include the opportunity for attendees to break out into small groups to discuss and provide feedback on the following guiding questions:

  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?

For those who are unable to attend the meeting in person, an online survey is also available.

For more information, to register for the event, or to complete the online survey, please visit www.ulsterboces.org/graduation.