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Substantial Equivalency

The New York State Education Department held regional stakeholder engagement meetings to gather input from the religious and independent school community, as well as their counterparts in public schools, to inform policy decisions related to the substantial equivalence of instruction in nonpublic schools as required by Education Law Section 3204(2). The Department’s goal is to develop a culturally-sensitive and efficient process by which local school authorities and the Commissioner, where required, can determine that children are receiving the education to which they are entitled within the diverse school settings in New York State.

May 2021 Report
In May 2021, NYSED released a report summarizing feedback on substantial equivalence of instruction in nonpublic schools gathered during six regional meetings held last fall. The feedback gathered will be used to inform revised proposed regulations.