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Board of Regents/NYSED Review of Graduate Measures

February 2020

Board of Regents and Education Department Announce Additional Regional Information Meetings to Discuss Review of Graduation Measures in New York State

Feedback to Help Inform Work of Blue Ribbon Commission

Meetings Continue Through April

The Board of Regents and State Education Department today announced additional regional information meetings across the state to gather feedback on what a state diploma should signify to ensure educational excellence and equity for every student in New York State. The dozens of meetings are an integral part of Phase I in the Board and Department’s review of graduation measures and will offer opportunities for stakeholders and members of the public to share input.

“These regional meetings are designed to foster a dialogue so we can consider valuable input from parents, educators, students, school board members, community members, business organizations and anyone else who is invested in the future of our children,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “We have already seen an incredible turnout at the meetings held so far. Regents members and I look forward to hearing diverse viewpoints from every region of the state and encourage anyone who wants to contribute to this essential conversation to attend a meeting in their area.”

“We want to make sure our students are engaged in school and prepared for the 21 century and that means asking ourselves how we can best provide avenues for students to demonstrate they’re ready to graduate with a meaningful diploma,” Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said. “With more opportunities for students to focus on what interests them, they will be more engaged in school and better positioned in life. I thank Chancellor Rosa and the Regents for their leadership in these regional meetings.”

Regional Meetings

At least one meeting is being held in each judicial district through April. Each meeting will be led by the local Board of Regents Member, the BOCES District Superintendent or Big Five district staff. Meetings will include the opportunity for attendees to break out into small groups to discuss and provide feedback on each of the five 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 cannot attend a meeting, there is an online survey of the five guiding questions on the Regional Meeting Schedule web page on the Graduation Measures website to provide feedback.

The list of meetings scheduled to date is in the main document linked to below.

Please note that meeting dates continue to be added and modified and that pre-registration is required.

Please check NYSED’s Graduation Measures website for the latest information on dates and most up-to-date registration information.

LINK TO DOCUMENT (PDF) to access the following sections:

  • Schedule of Regional Meetings (p.2 - 5) - or link to Schedule web page
  • Graduation Measures Review Process (p.5)
  • Draft Timeline for the Review of Graduation Measures in NYS (p.6)

Keeping the Public Informed

To allow for a transparent and meaningful information gathering process, the Department has created a Graduation Measures website which will feature updates throughout the process and has established a listserv that is open to anyone wishing to receive updates.

For those interested in signing up for the listserv ("Subscribe for Updates"), please visit the Graduation Measures main page for additional information. 

STANYS NOTE: Listserv = "Subscribe for Updates" link on Graduation Measures main page

The Department will also provide updates via traditional social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn with #NYSGradMeasures.

New York State Board of Regents

Contact Information:
PO Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089-2121


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