Relates to student eligibility for a high school diploma upon passing either a regents competency test or regents examination in certain subjects.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to regents competency examinations
PURPOSE: This bill relates to student eligibility for a high school diploma upon passing either a regents competency test or regents examination in certain subjects.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. The Education Law is amended by adding a new section 319 to provide that:
A student first entering grade nine in the two thousand twelve - two thousand thirteen school year shall be eligible to receive a high school diploma upon completing the requisite number of credits as determined by the commissioner and by passing either a regents competency test or regents examination in English, mathematics, United States history and government, science and global history and geography.
JUSTIFICATION: Historically, Regents Examinations were for students who planned to attend four-year colleges. Those students who did elect this pre-college curriculum were able to obtain a Regents diploma, while other students were given the option of a "school" or "local" diploma. Whether the student plans to pursue the military, trade school or labor union apprenticeships a high school diploma is a necessary requirement and should be attainable.
The Board of Regents has sought to increase standards, but unfortunately its new model severely limits those students wishing to pursue alternative career paths beyond their high school years. In fact, by the year 2022, students will not only have to pass five Regents Exams to graduate, they'll have to score at least 75 percent on the English exam and 80 percent on the math exam. Competent students who cannot meet this criterion should have a path to a high school diploma, which is essential for any future career options, and be given the opportunity to walk across the stage with their classmates on graduation day.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately,
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5362 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 13, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to regents competency examinations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 319 to read as follows: S 319. REGENTS COMPETENCY EXAMINATIONS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, A STUDENT FIRST ENTERING GRADE NINE IN THE TWO THOUSAND TWELVE - TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN SCHOOL YEAR SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA UPON COMPLETING THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF CREDITS AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND BY PASSING EITHER A REGENTS COMPETENCY TEST OR REGENTS EXAMINATION IN ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT, SCIENCE AND GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10580-02-5