New York State Education Department modifies diploma requirements after Regents cancellation

The New York State Education Department has modified requirements for high school diplomas in light of the recent cancellation of June Regents exams due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 3:38 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2020 5:46 PM

The New York State Education Department has modified requirements for high school diplomas in light of the recent cancellation of June Regents exams due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The changes apply to all students who were in grades 7 – 12 during this school year that were scheduled to take Regents exams in June. Students will be exempt from the previous requirements to pass these exams to be issued a high school diploma if they meet other criteria.

To qualify for the exemption, students must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year
  • The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year
  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020
  • The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score

For more information on new guidance issued by the education department, visit: nysed.gov.

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