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State Ed. to Host Meeting on Graduation Measures

The New York State Board of Regents is creating a Blue Ribbon Commission to review the State’s high school graduation measures and reaffirm what it means to obtain a diploma in New York State. The Board of Regents and State Education Department, in cooperation with BOCES, will hold regional meetings to help inform the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission and ensure educational excellence and equity for every student in New York State.

The central New York meeting, led by 5th Judicial District Regent Elizabeth S. Hakanson, is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 9 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES’ Howard D. Mettelman Learning Center, 4747 Middle Settlement Rd, New Hartford NY.

These 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.

“The Board of Regents and I have made it our guiding mission to ensure that every child has equitable access to the highest quality education opportunities, services and supports,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Board members and I will lead the regional meetings and be actively involved in the feedback-gathering process. By asking parents, educators, students, community members, business organizations and others for input during every step of the graduation measure review process, we will ensure we hear diverse viewpoints from every region of the state.”

“We are undertaking the exciting initiative of reviewing New York’s graduation measures with a flexible timeline that ensures a thoughtful and deliberative process that fosters a statewide dialogue about how we can best provide avenues for students to demonstrate they’re ready to graduate with a meaningful diploma,” Interim Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said.

Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to break into smaller groups to discuss and provide feedback to the Department on five guiding questions:

  • What do we want students to know and to be able to do before they graduate?
  • How do we want students to demonstrate such knowledge and skills?
  • 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?
  • How can measures of achievement accurately reflect the skills and knowledge of our special populations, such as students with disabilities and English language learners?
  • What course requirements or examinations will ensure that students are prepared for college and careers or civic engagement?

Pre-registration for the CNY regional meeting is required. To register, please visit