New rules are helping graduation options expand for students with disabilities in New York State. More than 2,000 students could be affected as early as this month. New York State Board of Regents will allow school superintendents to decide whether students who met the academic requirements for a local diploma but did not pass every Regents exam can graduate.  This helps students who meet the state standards for graduation but are unable to pass tests because of disabilities, even if there are testing accommodations.

“This is a starting point, given the very narrow time frame,” said Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. “School is ending in a short period of time, so this was an investment and a signal to say to our state that we are very much committed to finding different pathways and different ways for children to demonstrate what they know.”

Students who have an IEP and receive special education programs or services will be eligible for the new option.

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