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Changes ahead for graduation requirements? State seeks input

What should students know before they graduate high school?

What courses and exams will ensure they are ready for college or a career?

Those are some of the questions the public is being asked by the state Education Department, which has scheduled regional information meetings through April to get feedback as it sets out on a review of high school graduation requirements.

The state Education Department and the Board of Regents, its governing body, plan to appoint a review commission this fall to consider changes to graduation requirements, including the use of what has long been considered the gold standard for earning a diploma in New York: Regents exams.

“We want to make sure our students are engaged in school and prepared for the 21st century and that means asking ourselves how we can best provide avenues for students to demonstrate they’re ready to graduate with a meaningful diploma,” Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said in a prepared statement. “With more opportunities for students to focus on what interests them, they will be more engaged in school and better positioned in life."

The state has announced the dates for nearly two dozen informational meetings around the state, including three led by Regent Catherine Collins in Western New York.

The first will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave. Two more will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. on March 31 at Erie I BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca.


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