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choosing your grad-venture
May 3, 2018
What should it take to graduate? Inside the growing divide over whether to require New York’s vaunted Regents exams
As the state reimagines graduation requirements, Chalkbeat examines their history, what they're like now, and how earning a diploma could change in the future.
On the Agenda
April 8, 2018
Top New York policymakers to tackle state budget, student privacy, and teacher certification at April meeting
A array of topics could pique the interest of teachers, administrators, and families at April’s Board of Regents meeting.
Getting the diploma
December 11, 2017
New York eases graduation requirements for students with disabilities
Students with disabilities will soon be able to earn an alternative diploma without passing any of the state’s exit exams.
Week In Review
March 17, 2017
A lawsuit, our exciting event, and 9 other things you should know about Detroit schools this week
Michigan’s letter grades for schools were thrown into question this week as policy makers picked sides about how the state evaluates schools.
January 27, 2017
One in three Tennessee graduates shouldn’t have received high school diploma, state says
The finding comes out of the State Department of Education's first examination of high school graduation data.
September 12, 2016
State education commissioner will review whether newly approved graduation exams have ‘sufficient rigor’
Now, state officials are reviewing new exams that allow students to graduate with a
getting to graduation
June 13, 2016
It’s official: New York is making it easier for students with disabilities to graduate this year
The dramatic move could increase demand for the state’s less-rigorous “local” diploma and reignite a debate about academic requirements for those students.
long live p.e.
May 20, 2016
DPS approves new graduation requirements that continue to mandate P.E. and art
Starting with the class of 2021, students will also be required to demonstrate proficiency in English and math to earn a diploma.
change of course
Updated May 18, 2016
DPS backs off proposal to eliminate high school P.E. requirement
Physical education teachers and a statewide coalition of P.E. advocates are upset about a proposal to eliminate high school P.E. from Denver Public Schools' graduation requirements.
January 10, 2016
Should a failed Regents exam mean a project-based second chance? Officials set to discuss
The Board of Regents will consider a series of measures on Monday that could shake up the way students across New York State earn a high school diploma.
June 16, 2015
Indiana's high school diplomas are about to get an overhaul
The Indiana Career Council met to discuss new diploma options, but the process won't be finalized until later this year.
March 16, 2015
Regents say they’re open to easing test-based grad requirements to favor coursework
The changes could allow Advanced Placement or IB work to replace the end-of-year English and algebra Regents exams.
January 13, 2015
State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants
Students who arrive in the U.S. during high school and are still learning English could now find it slightly easier to earn a diploma, thanks to a new change to state graduation requirements.
November 11, 2014
As changes come to social studies testing, it’s time to reinvent the teaching
Social studies teacher Stephen Lazar: Making the global history Regents exam optional for many students offers an opportunity to redesign social studies classes to make them more relevant and engaging.
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