Fourth Pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma

State Education Department Approves Regulation Changes to Add A New Pathway To A New York State High School Equivalency Diploma

April 10, 2018

The Regents – HSE Examination Pathway allows Passing Scores on Regents Exams To Be Used in Place of TASC™ Subtests

The New York State Board of Regents approved regulatory changes to provide an additional pathway to earn a New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma by allowing individuals to use passing scores on certain Regents exams in place of the corresponding TASC™​​ subtests.

The Regents-HSE Exam Pathway will go into effect on April 25, 2018, and shall permit candidates seeking an HSE Diploma to use passing scores on the following Regents examinations for up to four of the five corresponding TASC™ subtests. At least one TASC™ subtest must be passed to earn an HSE Diploma via the Regents – HSE Examination Pathway. 

The following table details which passed Regents Examinations will be credited for the corresponding TASC™ subtests:

Regents Exam

HSE Subject Area Credit

Any Mathematics Regents Examination

TASC™ Mathematics

Any English Language Arts Regents Examination

TASC™ Reading  and Writing

Any Social Studies Regents Examination

TASC™ Social Studies

Any Science Regents Examination

TASC™ Science

New York now provides four pathways to earn an HSE diploma:

  • TASCTM testing (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)
  • Approved 24-college-credit program
  • National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
  • Regents – HSE Examination Pathway

The NYSED Application for the Regents – HSE Exam Pathway (Attachment R), as well as other guidance documents on the pathway, will be published in the coming days. Please check back on this webpage for the latest information.

Presentation to the Board of Regents

Questions can be directed to the NYSED High School Equivalency Office at: