senate Bill S7331

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires the department of education to make local diplomas available to certain students

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Jun 11, 2012 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 05, 2012 advanced to third reading
Jun 04, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 31, 2012 1st report cal.983
May 02, 2012 referred to education

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S7331 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10367
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง208-b, Ed L

S7331 - Bill Texts

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Requires the department of education to make local diplomas available to certain students.

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BILL NUMBER:S7331

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to the availability of
a local diploma

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of the bill is to ensure that students entering ninth
grade prior to 2013-14 be permitted to graduate with a local diploma
as the Board of Regents evaluate and plan for the implementation of
multiple pathways to a high school diploma that takes into
consideration multiple assessment options for all students, including
those better aligned to assess the skills and knowledge of students
with disabilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends article 5 of the education law to add new section
208-b to require the availability of the local diploma for students
entering ninth grade prior to 2013-14.

Section 2 requires the New York State Education Department to conduct
public hearings to evaluate existing diploma requirements and to
develop a report to the legislature and executive that outlines a plan
for implementing multiple pathways to a high school diploma.

Section 3 sets forth an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
In 1996, the New York State Education Department began to phase out of
the local diploma in an effort to have all students fulfill the
requirements for the more rigorous Regents diploma. As a result,
beginning in the 2008-09 school year, students entering ninth grade
are no longer permitted to graduate high school with a local diploma
(with exemptions for safety net options for students with
disabilities).

However, recently the safety net options for students with
disabilities have also been restricted. No longer are students with
disabilities allowed to replace a traditional Regents examination with
a Regents Competency Test (RCT). Only the 55-64 pass score on the
Regents exam remains as the safety net option to earn a local diploma
for students entering ninth grade in 2011-12 and thereafter. (Regents
diploma pass score is 65 or above).

The Board of Regents have yet to establish a graduation pathway for
students for which high stakes Regents examinations fail to properly
assess their skills and knowledge. Multiple pathways to a high school
diploma that recognizes academic achievement through the availability
of alternative forms of assessments is necessary to ensure that all
student have access to a high school diploma. Students who in the past
graduated with a local diploma may find it extremely difficult to
articulate their skills and knowledge via a high stakes exam, and as
such may find they are unable to graduate with their peers. As we
emphasize the importance of college and career readiness, it is vital
that we ensure multiple pathways for a multitude of learners.


This bill extends the local diploma as an option to students entering
ninth grade prior to the 2013-14 school year while the New York State
Education Department and the Board of Regents evaluate the current
requirements for graduation and develop multiple pathways, such as,
but not limited to, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) and
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) diplomas. In
the development of multiple pathways the Board of Regents shall take
into consideration the needs of students with disabilities and
determine alternative assessment options which may better assess the
skills and knowledge of all students.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7331

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. FLANAGAN, GRISANTI, RITCHIE, YOUNG -- 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 the availability of  a
  local diploma

  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  208-b
to read as follows:
  S  208-B.  AVAILABILITY  OF A LOCAL DIPLOMA. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE
THE LOCAL DIPLOMA AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS WHO ENTER  THE  NINTH  GRADE
PRIOR TO THE TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN SCHOOL YEAR.
  S  2.  The  department  of  education shall conduct a series of public
hearings throughout the state regarding the development and  implementa-
tion  of  multiple  pathways to a high school diploma, including but not
limited to a state career and technical  education  (CTE)  and  science,
technology,  engineering  and  mathematics (STEM) diploma pathway.   The
public hearings shall assist the department in  evaluating  the  current
diploma  requirements  and developing a plan which sets forth the neces-
sary legislative and regulatory changes  needed  to  implement  multiple
pathways  to  a  high school diploma for the students entering the ninth
grade in the 2013-14 school year and  thereafter.  Any  newly  developed
pathways to a high school diploma must take into consideration the needs
of  students  with  disabilities unable to achieve the local diploma but
for which the former Individual Education  Plan  diploma  is  no  longer
available.  Such  evaluation and report shall be submitted to the gover-
nor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assem-
bly within six months of the effective date of this act.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15675-01-2

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