Every child in New York deserves access to a meaningful high school diploma, one that will allow all students to successfully transition into a career or college experience.
Current regulation allows for many options for a high school diploma, such as:
- Regents with Advanced Designation;
- Local Diploma (in limited circumstances);
- The 4+1 Multiple Pathway; and
- A Superintendent Determination for certain students with disabilities.
Approximately 17% of our students have a disability, and we must see that each child is adequately supported.
Under a new Emergency Rule, which will be adopted as final in the coming months, a Superintendent is now allowed to make a local determination that a student with a disability has met standards for a local high school diploma even when:
- The student has not been successful at demonstrating proficiency on one or more Regents exams required for graduation; and/or
- The student does not meet graduation requirements through low pass safety net (55-64) or compensatory net options.
- The student’s parent must submit a written request to the superintendent to be considered for this option. This diploma pathway is available only for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), not a Section 504 accommodation plan.
Please email all members of the NYS Board of Regents the following message (please copy and paste the message into your favorite email program):
As a member of NYS PTA, I strongly support a meaningful diploma for ALL students and other safety net options for students with disabilities.
As a member of NYS PTA, I fully support the recent Emergency Regulation, adopted by the Board of Regents, which allows a “Superintendent Determination” for graduation with a local diploma.
However, the new Superintendent Determination is not retroactive. Unfortunately for the last few years, many students with disabilities left high school without a meaningful diploma. In some cases, they received a Career Development and Occupational Studies Credential (CDOS).
Since this credential is not a diploma, it is not accepted by many employers or the military.
Now that the Superintendent Determination has been implemented, we need a solution for those individuals, who may be over the age of 21, who may or may not have earned a CDOS, but who have departed high school without a meaningful diploma.
Regrettably, these young adults will not be given the opportunity to re-enter school to attempt to qualify for one. Statistics show that students with disabilities, even with a high school diploma, earn 37% less than their peers.
As a member of NYS PTA, I strongly support regulatory action which would allow a diploma option for ALL students who may not have qualified before.
Here are the names and emails of every member of the NYS Board of Regents:
Chancellor Betty A. Rosa: Regent.Rosa@nysed.gov
Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown: Regent.Brown@nysed.gov
Roger Tilles: Regent.Tilles@nysed.gov
Lester W. Young, Jr.: Regent.Young@nysed.gov
Christine D. Cea: Regent.Cea@nysed.gov
Wade S. Norwood: Regent.Norwood@nysed.gov
Kathleen M. Cashin: Regent.Cashin@nysed.gov
James E. Cottrell: Regent.Cottrell@nysed.gov
Josephine Victoria Finn: Regent.Finn@nysed.gov
Judith Chin: Regent.Chin@nysed.gov
Beverly L. Ouderkirk: Regent.Ouderkirk@nysed.gov
Catherine Collins: Regent.Collins@nysed.gov
Judith Johnson: Regent.Johnson@nysed.gov
Nan Eileen Mead: Regent.Mead@nysed.gov
Elizabeth S. Hakanson: Regent.Hakanson@nysed.gov
Luis O. Reyes: Regent.Reyes@nysed.gov
Susan W. Mittler: Regent.Mittler@nysed.gov