What is required of students?
To be awarded the NYSSB, students must complete all requirements for graduating with a Regents diploma and successfully demonstrate proficiency in English and another world language.
The target level of proficiency is set at Intermediate High. Intermediate High speakers are those who "are able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with the routine tasks and social situations of the Intermediate level. They are able to handle successfully uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to their work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence."
Students demonstrate their proficiency in two languages by earning points, which are awarded based on grades in English and ENL/world language courses, Regents exams, presentations, and more.
The full list of NYSSB requirements—with options for native speakers of English, students who speak a language other than English at home, and English language learners—can be found here.