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In February 2019, then-Chancellor Rosa committed to rethinking New York’s graduation measures. In July 2019, the Board of Regents announced it will create a Blue Ribbon Commission to review the State’s high school graduation measures. The reason for this review is two-fold. The system is not working for everyone; inequities exist for too many students - particularly our most vulnerable students - our students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students. The second reason is to ensure our students are engaged in school and prepared for the 21st century workforce.

It’s about ensuring that what students are learning is relevant to them, useful to society, and prepares them for college, careers and civic engagement. Our ultimate goal is to explore what it means to obtain a diploma in New York State and what that diploma should signify to ensure educational excellence and equity for all students in New York State.

To participate in this discussion please complete the following TWO ThoughtExchanges:

  1. What knowledge, skills, and/or experiences do you think are important for ALL students to have by the end of high school?
  2. How would you like students to show that they have the knowledge, skills, and/or experiences necessary for graduation?