High School Diploma Types and Certifications

New York State outlines the following diploma and certification types and their respective requirements.

Advanced Regents and Advanced Designation with Honors Diplomas

Students must successfully pass 8 state assessments with an average of 65 or higher for an Advanced Regents Diploma or 90 or higher for Advanced Regents Designation with Honors Diploma.

  • State Assessments (Regents) – Number of Exams
  • English Language Arts – 1
  • Global History and Geography – 1
  • U.S. History and Government – 1
  • Algebra – 1
  • Geometry – 1
  • Algebra II – 1
  • Living Environment – 1
  • One Physical Science (Earth Science, Chemistry, etc.) – 1
  • Total – 8

Regents Diploma and Regents Diploma with Honors

Students must successfully pass 5 state assessments with an average of 65 or higher for Regents Diploma or 90 or higher for Regents Diploma with Honors.

  • State Assessments (Regents) – Number of Exams
  • English Language Arts – 1
  • Global History & Geography – 1
  • U.S. History & Government – 1
  • One Math Exam (Algebra, Geometry, etc.) – 1
  • One Science (Earth Science, Living Environment, etc.) – 1
  • Total – 5

Local Diploma

Students must successfully complete 5 state assessments with a low pass safety net option of 55 or higher for students with disabilities.

CDOS Certification

This credential is for students with disabilities, other than those who are alternately assessed. Students must develop a career plan, demonstrate the attainment of the (CDOS) learning standards, complete an employability profile and complete 2 units of study (216 hours) in Career and Technical Education coursework and work-based learning (minimum 54 hours).

Skills Credential

Students with severe disabilities who attend school for at least 12 years (excluding Kindergarten) exit with this credential, which must be accompanied by a summary of the student’s levels of achievement in academic and career development and occupational studies.

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