2017-18 CVA Course of Study Handbook – NYS Testing Requirements for Graduation

Regents Diploma

(Passing grade 65): Five (5) required Regents exams with a score of 65 or better as follows:

  • Humanities Pathway: 1 Math, 1 Science, ELA, Global History and Geography and U.S. History and Government
  • STEM Pathway: One additional Regents exam in a different course in mathematics or science. Examples: 2 Math, 1 Science, ELA and 1 History OR 1 Math, 2 Science, ELA and 1 History
  • CTE Pathway: A career and technical education pathway assessment approved by the Commissioner, following successful completion of an approved CTE program (Herkimer BOCES approved programs include Building Construction, Culinary Hospitality and Automotive Technology). Example: 1 Math, 1 Science, ELA, 1 History and a CTE assessment
  • Arts Pathway & Bi-literacy Pathway: (No tests currently approved at CVA)

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

(Passing grade 65)

  • 8 required Regents exams with a score of 65 or better as follows: 3 Math, 2 Science, ELA, Global History and Geography, US History and Government; and either a locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE examination or a 5-unit sequence in the Arts or CTE.

Regents Diploma with Honors or Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors

  • A student may earn a Regents Diploma with Honors if they score an average of 90% or above on the 5 Regents Exams needed for a Regents Diploma
  • A student may earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors if the Student achieves an average of 90% in all 8 Regents needed for an Advanced Designation Regents Diploma.
  • Note: Each Regents grade is averaged at the same weight of one, and scores below 90.0 shall not be rounded upward to 90% (Source: New York State Education Department)

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with an annotation that denotes Mastery in Math

  • Meets all assessment requirements for the Regents with Advanced Designation and, in addition, scores 85 or better on each of 3 Regents Examinations in Mathematics

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with an annotation that denotes Mastery in Science

  • Meets all assessment requirements for the Regents with Advanced Designation and, in addition, scores 85 or better on each of 3 Regents Examinations in Science.

Local Diploma (Students with Disabilities with an IEP and some students with a Section 504 Accommodation Plan)

  • Low Pass Safety Net Option 1: 5 required Regents exams with a score of 55 or better (Students can choose a Humanities, STEM or CTE Pathway)
  • Compensatory Safety Net Option: Scores between 45-54 on one or more of the five Required Regents exams, other than the English language arts (ELA) or mathematics exam, but compensates the low score with a score of 65 or higher on another required Regents exam. Note: a score of at least 55 must be earned on both the ELA and mathematics exams. A score of 65 or higher on a single examination may not be used to compensate for more than one examination for which a score of 45-54 is earned.

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