I’m delighted to announce that the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures presented its recommendations to the Board of Regents at its November 2023 meeting. The Graduation Measures Initiative is an unprecedented effort bringing together student voices along with a diverse range of stakeholders—including parents, educators, administrators, school support staff, representatives of higher education, and the business community. The Commission created a roadmap for learning-centered education that best meets the needs of every student in New York State and incorporates competency imperatives that provide them with the practical skills needed for the dynamic demands of tomorrow’s workforce.
Guided by research, stakeholder feedback, and their expertise and experiences, the Commission identified high-level skills, knowledge areas, and competencies that holistically reflect successful outcomes of P-12 education. The recommendations will help us create a more inclusive learning environment while maintaining rigor and enhancing critical thinking skills, putting all students on a trajectory for success and ensuring they’re prepared for college, career, and civic readiness in the 21st Century and beyond.
Read the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations here.
In the coming months, the Department will begin its work to develop proposed guidance and programmatic and regulatory changes to address the goals and priorities of the Regents related to this initiative.
Additional information about the Graduation Measures initiative can be found on the Department’s Graduation Measures website.
I wish you all the best for a healthy and happy holiday season. Each year, I am inspired by and thankful for you - New York State's teachers, administrators, school staff members, board members, professionals, staff of cultural institutions, families, and communities - for supporting and igniting the natural curiosity of our children every day of the year.