GLOSSARY OF TERMS - PATHWAYS DATA

Students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a Department Approved Alternative Arts assessment (after the student has been prepared in the associated content) as their +1.

Students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by either completing all the components of the CDOS commencement credential option 1 (program) or option 2 (Department Approved CDOS pathway assessment) as their +1. Students who received a stand-alone CDOS credential, a Skills & Achievement certificate, or a HSE diploma do NOT get reported with a CDOS pathway; they are not counted as graduates and not included in Pathway reporting.

Students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by successfully completing a Department Approved CTE Program and passing an approved CTE Pathway Assessment as their +1.

A group of students who first entered grade 9 in the same school year. See the SIRS Manual for a more complete definition.

Economically disadvantaged students are those who participate in, or whose family participates in, economic assistance programs, such as the free or reduced-price lunch programs, Social Security Insurance (SSI), Food Stamps, Foster Care, Refugee Assistance (cash or medical assistance), Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Safety Net Assistance (SNA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or Family Assistance: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). If one student in a family is identified as low income, all students from that household (economic unit) may be identified as low income.

English Language Learners (ELLs) are those who, by reason of foreign birth or ancestry, speak or understand a language other than English and speak or understand little or no English, and require support in order to become proficient in English and are identified pursuant to Section 154.3 of Commissioner's Regulations. These students are also referred to as Limited English Proficient (LEP).

Gender of the student being reported, as identified by the student. In the case of very young transgender students not yet able to advocate for themselves, gender may be identified by the parent or guardian.

Graduates include students who received a local diploma or a local diploma with Regents endorsement (Regents diploma). All students who received a Regents diploma (with or without Advanced Designation or CTE Endorsement) are included in the number of students with Regents diploma.

Students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing an Department Approved Alternative assessment in ELA or social studies (after completing a course in the subject) as their +1.

Students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a second Regents exam in social studies (either Global Studies or U.S. History) and after completing a course in the subject as their +1. This is considered the traditional pathway that most students use to meet the requirement for a local or Regents diploma.

Students reported with a Career Path Code of ?LOTE? (Language Other Than English). This pathway is not currently available. For SY 2017-18, there are no assessments approved for this pathway, so no data is available; however, exams are currently under review and will be added once approved.

Can only be obtained by students with disabilities with an individualized education program or section 504 Accommodation Plan. For complete information on the requirements for this diploma see Diploma Requirements.

A student is a migrant child if the student is, or whose parent, guardian, or spouse is, a migratory agricultural worker, including a migratory dairy worker or a migratory fisher, and who, in the preceding 36 months, in order to obtain, or accompany such parent, guardian, or spouse, in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work has moved from one school district to another.

In January 2015, the Board of Regents approved regulations establishing multiple, comparably rigorous, assessment pathways to graduation for all students. 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 fifth (+1) assessment required for graduation may include any one of the following:

  • Either an additional Regents examination, or a Department approved alternative, in a different course in social studies or English (Humanities Pathway); or
  • One additional Regents examination in a different course in mathematics or science or a Department-approved alternative (STEM Pathway); or
  • A pathway assessment approved by the Commissioner in accordance with ?100.2(f)(2) of the Commissioner?s regulations (which could include a Biliteracy [LOTE] Pathway); or
  • A CTE pathway assessment, approved by the Commissioner in accordance with ?100.2(mm), following successful completion of a CTE program approved pursuant to ?100.5(d)(6) of the regulations (CTE Pathway)
  • An arts pathway assessment approved by the Commissioner in accordance with ?100.2(mm) (Arts Pathway).

Also available is the CDOS pathway option, where a student may graduate with a high school diploma if the student meets the graduation course and credit requirements established in section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education; passesfour required Regents Exams or Department-approved alternative assessments (one in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics, science, and social studies); and meets the requirements to earn the New York State (NYS) CDOS Commencement Credential.

Race or races with which the student primarily identifies as indicated by the student or the parent/guardian.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
  • Hispanic or Latino: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.

Students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a Regents math assessment or an Department Approved Alternative assessment in math (after completing a course in the subject) as their +1.

Students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents of local diploma by passing a Regents science assessment or a Department Approved Alternative assessment in science (after completing a course in the subject) as their +1.


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