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A Diverse and Inclusive Blue Ribbon Commission

Beginning in fall 2022, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures will undertake a thoughtful and inclusive process to explore what a New York State high school diploma means and what it should signify to ensure educational excellence and equity for all New York State children. Approximately 40 individuals representing various stakeholders, judicial districts, and students, including students with disabilities and English language learners, will meet approximately every other month. Members will include educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, professionals from business and higher education, parents, and students.

The Blue Ribbon Commission will develop recommendations to the Board of Regents on what measures of learning and achievement could better serve New York’s diverse student population as indicators of what they know and their readiness for college, career, and civic life.

Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission will be developed through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and consider those requirements that will drive improved instructional practice and curricular selections aligned to the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework and the New York State Learning Standards in all areas for all student populations.

Committees and Subcommittees

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee acts as a liaison between the Commission's two subcommittees to ensure the work of each one complements and enhances the work of the other and aligns with the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Program Requirements and Learning Experiences Subcommittee

The Program Requirements and Learning Experiences Subcommittee will identify the courses students must take (e.g., Algebra I, Civics, Financial Literacy), experiences students must have (e.g., community service, CTE/work-based learning), and the total number of credits each student must earn in each discipline to graduate with a NYS high school diploma.

Measurements and Assessment Subcommittee

The Measurements and Assessment Subcommittee will identify the various assessment options and experiences that will be required and/or available to determine whether students possess an acceptable level of proficiency in a certain course or subject, leading to a NYS high school diploma.

Parent Advisory Committee

The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is an advisory body that brings the parental and caregiver perspective to education policymaking and helps to shape the strategic direction of the Commission. The PAC gives parents an opportunity to share their concerns on education issues while building meaningful partnerships with education stakeholders across the state.

Student Advisory Committee

The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is an advisory body that brings the student perspective to education policymaking by engaging students as partners to promote youth leadership and civic engagement. Students who serve on the SAC will share their knowledge and experiences to help the Commission gain new insight to ensure educational excellence and equity for every student in New York State.