Proposal would help NY students who miss or fail Regents earn diplomas

Proposal would help NY students who miss or fail Regents earn diplomas

State education officials are planning to ease graduation requirements for students scheduled to graduate this month who faced schooling disruptions due to COVID or other medical reasons.

A proposal from the State Board of Regents — expected to be approved Tuesday — would allow students who passed their course this year but failed or missed the corresponding Regents exam due to illness, injury or quarantine to request a “special determination” to graduate with a “local” diploma instead of a Regents diploma.

Typically, only students with disabilities who have individualized learning plans have been eligible for the state’s less-rigorous local diploma. Of last year’s graduates, roughly 870, or just 1% of students, earned a local diploma, according to state data.

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