THE STATE
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF 
TO: 
EMSCVESID Committee 
FROM: 
Jean C. Stevens 
SUBJECT: 
Proposed Amendment to Regulations of the Commissioner Relating to State Mathematics Graduation and Diploma Requirements 
DATE: 
March 13, 2006 
STRATEGIC
GOAL: 
Goals 1 and 2 
AUTHORIZATION(S): 

Issue for
Discussion
Has the Board of Regents reached consensus on the intent of the proposed amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner relating to the State mathematics graduation and diploma requirements?
Implementation of Regents
policy.
Proposed
Handling
The question will come before the Regents EMSCVESID Committee for discussion in March and will be submitted for approval in May.
Procedural
History
In March 2005, the Regents adopted the high school performance indicators for Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, along with the alignment modifications to prekindergarten through grade 8, as recommended by the Mathematics Standards Committee. The Regents also agreed to consider the Mathematics Standards Committee’s remaining four high school recommendations relating to the mathematics graduation and diploma requirements. In October 2005, the Regents approved a revision in policy concerning the mathematics graduation and diploma requirements based on the new high school performance indicators for Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry courses. In December 2005, the Regents approved the implementation timeline for the revised corresponding Regents examinations for these courses.
Background
Information
The proposed amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is now necessary to implement revisions to the commencement level mathematics graduation and diploma requirements to align with the revised high school performance indicators for the following three mathematics courses: Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.
The proposed amendment limits to two the number of units of credit earned for any of these three commencement level mathematics courses. It clarifies that, to earn a Regents diploma with advanced designation, students entering grade 9 prior to September 2009 must pass two of the three commencement level Regents examinations through one of the following combinations: Mathematics A and Mathematics B, or Mathematics A and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, and that students who enter grade 9 in September 2009 and thereafter must pass three commencement level Regents examinations in mathematics titled Mathematics A or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. The proposed amendment also provides for students who first enter grade 9 in September 2009 and thereafter, who complete all coursework and testing requirements for the Regents diploma with advanced designation in mathematics and/or science, and who pass, with a score of 85 or better, three commencement level Regents examinations in mathematics and/or three commencement level Regents examinations in science, will earn a Regents diploma with advanced designation, with an annotation on the diploma that denotes mastery in mathematics and/or science, as applicable.
A Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the State Register on March 15, 2006.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Regents EMSCVESID Committee reach consensus on the intent of the proposed amendment prior to taking action at its May meeting.
Timetable for
Implementation
Upon approval by the Regents at their May meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective June 15, 2006.
Pursuant to Education Law sections 101, 207, 208, 209, 305, 308, 309 and
3204
1. Paragraph (3) of
subdivision (a) of section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of
Education is amended, effective June 15, 2006, as follows:
(3)
Students first entering grade nine in the 20012002 school year, but
prior to the 20082009 school year, shall have earned at least 22 units of
credit including two credits in physical education to receive either a Regents
or local high school diploma. Students first entering grade nine in the
20082009 school year and thereafter shall have earned at least 22 units of
credit including two credits in physical education to receive a Regents diploma.
Such units of credit shall incorporate the commencement level of the State
learning standards in: English; social studies; mathematics, science,
technology; the arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre);
languages other than English; health, physical education, family and consumer
sciences; and career development and occupational studies. Such units of credit
shall include:
(i)
English, four units of commencement level
credit;
(ii) . .
.
(iii) .
. .
(iv)
mathematics, three units of credit of mathematics, which shall be
at a more advanced level than grade eight, [ and ] shall meet
commencementlevel learning standards as determined by the commissioner,
provided that no more than two credits shall be earned for any Integrated
Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2 and Trigonometry commencement level mathematics
course;
(v) . . .
(vi) . . .
2.
Paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of section 100.5 of the Regulations of
the Commissioner of Education is amended, effective June 15, 2006, as
follows:
(5)
State assessment system.
(i) Except as otherwise
provided in subparagraphs (ii), (iii), and (iv) of this paragraph, all students
shall demonstrate attainment of the
(a)
. . .
(b)
Mathematics:
(1) for
students who first enter grade nine prior to September 1997, by passing either
the Regents competency test in mathematics, or a Regents examination in
mathematics; or
(2)
for students who first enter grade nine in September 1997 and thereafter,
by passing a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics. For
purposes of a Regents endorsed diploma a score of 65 shall be considered
passing. For a local diploma a score of 5564, as determined by the school, also
may be considered passing up through the 20072008 school year;
or
(3)
. . .
(4)
. . .
(7) Types of diplomas. (i) . . .
(ii)
. . .
(iii) . . .
(iv)
Earning a Regents diploma.
Students first entering grade nine in 2001 and thereafter shall meet the
commencement level New York State learning standards by successfully completing
22 units of credit and five New York State assessments distributed as specified
in clauses (a) through (k) of this subparagraph. After passing the required
(a)
. . .
(b)
. . .
(c)
Mathematics, three units of credit and [ the ] a commencement
level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or
an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. [ Students must pass either the Regents
examination titled Mathematics A, or until January 2002, both Regents
examinations titled Course I and Course II or both Course I and Mathematics
A.]
(d)
. . .
(e)
. . .
(f)
. . .
(g)
. . .
(h)
. . .
(i)
. . .
(j)
. . .
(k)
. . .
(v)
Earning a Regents diploma with advanced designation. To earn a Regents
diploma with an advanced designation a student must complete, in addition to the
requirements for a Regents diploma:
(a)
additional Regents examinations in mathematics as determined by the
commissioner or approved alternatives pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this
Part. Students entering grade 9
prior to September 2009 must pass [ the ] two of the three commencement
level Regents examinations in mathematics [titled] through one of the following
combinations: Mathematics A and
Mathematics B, or Mathematics A and Algebra 2 and
Trigonometry [ or the three
Regents examinations titled Course I, Course II and Course III or the two
Regents examinations titled Mathematics A and Course III ]. Students entering grade 9 in
September 2009 and thereafter must pass all three commencement level Regents
examinations in mathematics titled Mathematics A or Integrated Algebra,
Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry ].
(b) . . .
(c)
. . .
(vi) . .
.
(vii) . . .
(viii)
. . .
(ix) . . .
(x) Students who first enter grade nine in September 2009 and thereafter who complete all coursework and testing requirements for the Regents diploma with advanced designation in mathematics and/or science, and who pass, with a score of 85 or better, three commencement level Regents examinations in mathematics and/or three commencement level Regents examinations in science, will earn a Regents diploma with advanced designation, with an annotation on the diploma that denotes mastery in mathematics and/or science, as applicable.