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Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students

Who First Enter Grade 9 in 2008

## Regents Diploma

**Total Number of Units of Credit: 22**

English Language Arts - 4 units

Social Studies - 4 units - (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of Economics)

Mathematics -3 units (may include or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*)

Science - 3 units - (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health - ½ unit

The Arts - 1 unit - (including dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** - 1 unit

Physical Education - 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives - 3½ units

*Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST):* A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

*Examinations: 5*

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

- Comprehensive English
- Global History and Geography
- United States History and Government
- One (1) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Mathematics A* or Mathematics B*); and
- One (1) in Science.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

Local Additions to State Requirements for the Diploma

School districts may establish diploma requirements in addition to those required by Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

Students who successfully appeal one Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a Regents diploma.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

## Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Total Number of Units of Credit: 22

English Language Arts - 4 units

Social Studies - 4 units (including 1 unit of American History, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of economics)

Mathematics - 3 units (including Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*);

Science - 3 units (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and a third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health - ½ unit

The Arts - 1 unit (including dance, music, theatre, or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** - 1 unit (plus an additional 2 LOTE units or a five- unit sequence in Career and Technical Education, or a five-unit sequence in the Arts).

Physical Education - 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives - 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

*Examinations: 7, 8, or 9 *

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

- Comprehensive English
- United States History and Government
- Global History and Geography
- Mathematics Two (2) or Three (3):
- Students graduating before the 2011-12 school year must pass one of four combinations of commencement level Regents Examinations in mathematics: For the two examination combination, Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry; For the three examination combination, Mathematics A, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry.
- Students graduating beginning with the 2011-12 school year and thereafter, regardless of cohort, must pass any of the following 2 or 3 mathematics examination combinations will have met the mathematics assessment requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
- Two examination combination. A student must pass:
- Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or
- Mathematics A and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
- Mathematics B and Integrated Algebra;
- Three examination combination. A student must pass:
- Mathematics A, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, or
- Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Mathematics B, or
- Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
- Two (2) in Science (at least one in life science and at least one in physical science); and
- Language Other Than English (Regents Comprehensive Examination or if no Regents Examination is available a locally developed Checkpoint B examination) unless exempt through IEP or using a five-unit sequence substitution provision.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

*Students may take these examinations to meet diploma requirements while they are still being administered. These examinations are being phased out as follows:

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics A is January 2009.

Last administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics B is June 2010.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

## Local Diploma

The following local diploma options are available for students who first enter grade 9 in September 2009-2010:

- Students with disabilities who score 55-64 on any of the required Regents examinations may earn a local diploma.
- Students with disabilities entering grade 9 prior to 2011-12 who fail one or more Regents Examinatons and who pass the correspondening Regents Competency Tests (RCT) will receive a local diploma.
- Students who successfully appeal two Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a local diploma.

These pages highlight high school diploma requirements. Please see Section 100.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations for complete information including alternatives for fulfilling the diploma requirements: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/

Questions on specific topics can be directed to the Curriculum and Instruction Office email at address: emscgradreq@mail.nysed.gov or emscurric@mail.nysed.gov.