As many of you are aware, judge suspends substantial equivalency guidelines


  • August 23, 2023: New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Office of Religious and Independent School Support (ORISS) released guidance for Substantial Equivalency Implementation. Click for more detail


  • September 13, 2022:  Final Substantial Equivalence Regulations were approved by the New York State Board of Regents.  Click for more detail


  • June 2022:  NY State Education Department proposed regulations regarding the statutory requirement for substantial equivalency of instruction for students attending nonpublic schools to ensure that all students receive the education to which they are entitled under the law.  The Board of Regents discussed the proposed regulations at its March 2022 meeting.  The proposed rulemaking was published on March 30, 2022 and the public comment period ran through May 31, 2022.  The final regulation will come before the Board of Regents for its consideration in fall 2022. Click for more detail


  • May 10, 2021: NY State Education Department releases a report summerizing feedback on substantial equivalence of instruction in nonpublic schools gathered during six regional meetings held last fall. The feedback gathered will be used to inform revised proposed regulations.  Click for more detail


  • October 27, 2020: NY State Education Department announced that it will hold a series of regional meetings to engage and gather input from stakeholders in religious, independent and public schools, to inform policy decisions related to the substantial equivalence of instruction in nonpublic schools as required by Education Law Section 3204(2).  The Department is conducting these regional meetings that will take place virtually. Click for more detail


  • Spring 2019: The state Supreme Court justice suspended Substantial Equivalency guidelines.  Click for more detail