Graduation Chart

When a young adult completes high school they will be awarded with a diploma and/or a credential. A diploma and/or a credential will be used to pursue post high school opportunities and goals.

Awarded by Schools Opportunities
Regents Diploma •       Apply to a 2 or 4 year college
•       Join the Military (must meet ASVAB testing requirement per branch requirements)
•       Vocational Training programs
•       Obtain employment
Local Diploma via Compensatory Option •       Apply to a 2 or 4 year college
•       Join the Military (must meet ASVAB testing requirement per branch requirements)
•       Vocational Training programs
•       Obtain employment
Local Diploma with Superintendent Determination •       Apply to a 2 or 4 year college
•       Join the Military (must meet ASVAB testing requirement per branch requirements)
•       Vocational Training programs
•       Obtain employment
Test Assessing Secondary Completion •       Apply to a 2 or 4 year college
•       Join the Military (must meet ASVAB testing requirement per branch requirements)
•       Vocational Training programs
•       Obtain employment

 

Career Development & Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS)

Benefits of the CDOS Credential
•       Develops entry level employment skills through work-based learning
•       Community Experience
•       Employability Profile can be shared with employers and adult agencies
•        Also is a pathway that allows students to only have to pass 4 Regents exams

Barriers of the CDOS Credential
•       The CDOS is not a diploma and does not meet the requirements for college entrance and military enrollment.
•       May not meet hiring requirements with employers.
•       May not meet requirements for entry into vocational training

Skills & Achievement Commencement Credential Benefits of the Skills Credential
•       Community Experience (work sites, field trips, volunteer opportunities)
•       Work Skill Development
•        Identifies level of support needed in key work and life skill areas to help inform post-secondary placements

Barriers of the Skills Credential
•        This is not a diploma
•        Majority of students will be entering into programs (day habilitation, pre-vocational, supported employment) following exit

 

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

Regents Diploma
22 credits AND

  • 65 Pass on 4 Regents Exams (1 ELA, 1 Math, 1 Science, 1 Social Studies) & either additional course(s) with approved exam in Math, Science, Social Studies, CTE, LOTE, or Arts, OR attainment of CDOS Credential
  • Appeals of scores of 60-64 for all students

(1 appeal = Regents Diploma; 2 appeals = Local)

Local Diploma via Safety Net for SWDs:
22 Credits AND

  • Low Pass 55-63 on Regents exams
  • Appeals of scores of 52-54 for SWDs

•   Compensatory Option

*Student may score 45-54 on one or more of the required exams (excluding ELA and Math) if they compensate with scores 65 or higher on other exams AND meet district attendance and course requirements (get course credit)

*English and math scores must be 55 or higher

•   Superintendent Determination

* Upon written request by parent, student with an IEP may score below 55 on Regent’s exam(s) and be awarded a local diploma, if the school’s Superintendent determines the student has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in the subject area by completing designated process and documentation. FI score below 55 in ELA or Math, student must have earned a CDOS Credential.

STUDENT EXIT

College and Career Ready September 2019 update

 

High School Equivalency Diploma

Pass TASC or NEDP exam Or Complete 24 college credits

 

 

CREDENTIALS (NOT HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS)

Career Development  &  Occupational Studies Commencement Credential For ALL STUDENTS

(effective March 2016)

  • Provided in conjunction with diploma
  • Sole exiting credential for some students with disabilities. Students must be provided appropriate opportunities to earn diploma

OPTION 1

  • Career Plan completed annually
  • Minimum 2 units (216 hours) of study in CTE coursework, including at least 54 hours of Work-Based Learning
  • Completion of Employability Profile

OPTION 2

  • Attainment of a nationally recognized work readiness credential

Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential

  • NYSAA eligible and assessed students
  • Attended 12 years excluding K, or end of year attains age 21
  • CDOS learning standards instruction including community and work-based learning

Accompanied by designated comprehensive Student Exit Summary document

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