This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. For more detailed information, go to this New York State Education Department web page: //www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/gradrequirements/home.html
This outlines the diploma and credential requirements currently in effect. It is intended to provide an overview of the requirements and identify the student populations that have access to each type of diploma and nondiploma high school exiting credential.
The requirements for superintendents to make a local determination as to the academic proficiency for eligible students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma. This document supersedes the guidance issued in June 2016 entitled Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma, including any previous questions and answers on this topic and the prescribed "Superintendent Determination of Graduation Form.
At their March 2016 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved through emergency action an amendment to sections 100.5 and 100.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to establish a new Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) graduation pathway for all students.
Please note: in 2016 the NYS Board of Regents voted to approve the CDOS Commencement Credential as a 4+1 option for ALL STUDENTS. The CDOS Q&A found here was developed in 2014, and refers only to students with disabilities.
The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential will provide students with severe disabilities who are exiting school after attending at least 12 years, excluding kindergarten, with a commencement certificate similar in form to the diploma issued by the school district. The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential must be accompanied by documentation of the student’s skills and strengths and levels of independence in academic, career development and foundation skills needed for post-school living, learning and working.