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Multiple Pathways

Multiple pathways recognize the importance of engaging students in rigorous and relevant academic programs.  The regulations approved in 2015 and 2016 recognize students’ interests in the Arts, World Languages, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS), Humanities, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by allowing an approved pathway to meet students’ graduation requirements.

Under the “4+1” pathway assessment option, students must take and pass four required Regents Exams or Department-Approved Alternative assessments (one in each of the following subjects: English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) and complete a comparably rigorous pathway to meet the fifth assessment requirement for graduation.

Pathway Requirements

Pathway Students eligible for this pathway must successfully complete:

Arts Pathway

World Languages Pathway

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway

Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Pathway
Humanities Pathway
  • an additional Social Studies or English Language Arts course culminating in a Regents or Department-approved alternative assessment; and
  • the culminating Regents Exam or Department-Approved Alternative.
STEM Pathway
  • an additional Science or Mathematics course culminating in a Regents or Department-approved alternative assessment; and
  • the culminating Regents Exam or Department-Approved Alternative.

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

AT A GLANCE


The Multiple Pathways at a Glance document explains the pathway options and lists valuable resources.

List of Approved Pathway Assessments

Application Process for Consideration of New Pathway Assessments

Related Resources

If you have additional questions or need further clarification, please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at emscgradreq@nysed.gov or 518.474.5922.