The New York State Board of Regents established regulations providing multiple, comparably rigorous assessment pathways to graduation for all students. Multiple pathways recognize the importance of engaging students in rigorous and relevant academic programs. The regulations recognize students in CTE as well as the Arts, Biliteracy, Humanities, and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) by allowing an approved pathway assessment to meet the student’s graduation requirements.

Under the new “4+1” pathway assessment option, students must take and pass four required Regents exams or Department-approved alternative assessments (one in each of the following subjects: English, math, science, and social studies) and a comparably rigorous assessment for the fifth required exam to graduate. 

The diploma pathways policy on testing options was revised in June 2016 to include an option for any student who earns a CDOS credential along with other diploma requirements. Refer to the NYSED website to read more about the current policy.