New York State sets timeline for reconsidering diploma requirements

September 11, 2019 | Chalkbeat New York

New York’s education policymakers are getting ready to analyze state diploma requirements — including whether the Regents exams are still needed. But don’t expect changes any time soon.

Officials on Monday laid out a two-year timeline, ending in the fall of 2021, to make recommendations on what should change. Most notably, they will be scrutinizing New York’s vaunted high school exit exams and determining how to measure students’ readiness for life after graduation.

When this effort was announced in July, officials suggested a one-year timeline, which some members of the Board of Regents called too aggressive. Interim Commissioner Beth Berlin said two years is “still an aggressive timeline,” but one that will allow the state and commission leaders to make thoughtful decisions.

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