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May 16, 2019
It’s time to start ‘hard work of rethinking’ Regents exams, New York’s top education policymaker says
Regents exams remain a requirement for New York high schoolers to graduate, but the state’s top education policy maker has opened the door for a future where that is not
May 15, 2019
As high school exit exams fall out of favor in Washington and New Jersey, New York is increasingly an outlier
New York is one of 11 states still requiring tests to graduate from high school.
May 4, 2018
How have New York’s graduation requirements changed over the years? Check out this timeline.
A Chalkbeat timeline from the 1800s to today spells out how New York's graduation requirements have evolved.
choosing your grad-venture
May 3, 2018
What should it take to graduate? Inside the growing divide over whether to require New York’s vaunted Regents exams
As the state reimagines graduation requirements, Chalkbeat examines their history, what they're like now, and how earning a diploma could change in the future.
life on track
March 14, 2018
New analysis suggests early signs of tracking in New York’s expanded graduation options
A new analysis shows black students are now disproportionately more likely to use an evaluation meant to test entry-level work skills on their way to graduation.
getting to graduation
October 18, 2017
A capstone project before graduation? New York debates new ways to earn a diploma
As New York continues to rethink what students must do to graduate high school, state policymakers floated their latest idea Monday.
October 4, 2017
New York’s graduation rate could drop under new federal education law
It’s possible the federal graduation rate will exclude New York’s “local” diploma, a less rigorous diploma earned by only about 4 percent of graduating students.
diplomas for all
July 18, 2017
Education commissioner floats idea of allowing a work readiness credential to confer benefits of a diploma
New York state’s education commissioner floated a radical new graduation option: allowing students to use a work-readiness credential to obtain a “local diploma."
rules and regs
June 22, 2017
New York shortens length of ‘gag order’ on teachers discussing Regents questions online
After pushback from teachers, the New York State Education Department has changed a new provision that temporarily prohibits teachers from discussing Regents exam questions online.
June 20, 2017
State teachers union protests ‘gag order’ on teachers discussing Regents test questions
A new state rule that temporarily prohibits teachers from discussing Regents exam questions online is raising eyebrows among teachers across New York.
a new path
February 15, 2017
Legislators join chorus of calls for new graduation options in New York state
Several legislators who latched onto an issue the State Education Department is currently tackling: How to find new, legitimate ways for students to graduate.
November 15, 2016
More students passing New York state algebra exam, after outcry sparked by previous year’s test results
Seventy-two percent of students passed Algebra I in 2015-16, according to data released by the State Education Department on Monday.
getting to graduation
June 13, 2016
It’s official: New York is making it easier for students with disabilities to graduate this year
The dramatic move could increase demand for the state’s less-rigorous “local” diploma and reignite a debate about academic requirements for those students.
April 12, 2016
Regents grade ‘scrubbing’ helped push students to graduation, study finds
A study found no evidence that teachers who manipulated scores to increase their own pay, or even to help their schools avoid closure.
July 15, 2015
Concerns mount over tougher Algebra Regents test, and officials promise a review
One month after high school freshmen took a new, harder Algebra Regents exam without a fallback option, teachers say unexpected numbers of their students didn’t pass.
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