Student Records and Transcripts

Student records help schools, students, and families track students’ progress in school. Students, parents, and guardians are allowed to view and get copies of records. This is stated in the DOE Parents’ Bill of Rights. Your student records may include:

  • Report cards
  • High school transcripts
  • Communications between the school and the family

You can find contact information for your school by using Find a School.


Transcripts help schools, students, and families track student progress in school. Students, parents, and guardians are allowed to view and get copies of student records, including transcripts. This is stated in the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) Parents’ Bill of Rights and Student Bill of Rights.

What is a transcript?

A transcript is the official full record of high school credits, final grades, and exams taken within the DOE. It documents the courses and exams that a student has taken during high school.

There are two different versions of the transcript that you may request. Your school may refer to either version as a “transcript.” The two versions have similar information, but are organized in different ways.

  • The student transcript is organized by year and term. In this version, all of your courses from the Fall 2017 term would be shown together in one section.
  • The student permanent record is organized by subject area. In this version, all of your courses in Social Studies would be shown together in one section.

What is the purpose of a transcript?

During high school, your school uses the information on your transcript to determine the courses and exams you need in order to stay on track for graduation.

You may also use your transcript to apply for opportunities after high school, such as colleges, jobs, or the military. During this time, your transcript is evidence of the coursework and exams you completed, your grades and academic achievements, and your graduation from high school.

How can I get a copy of my transcript?

Your school should give you an unofficial transcript regularly. This allows you to check your transcript for accuracy and ask questions about your progress. If you have not received a copy of your unofficial transcript, contact your guidance counselor. Find further instructions on the Student Records and Transcripts page.

How do I read a transcript?

You can print the following How to Read a Transcript document to use side-by-side with your transcript. The front of the document repeats the information from this webpage. The back of the document shows a sample transcript and explains the types of information on it.

This document comes in two versions, which match the two versions of a student transcript that were described in the first section. The two versions are How to Read a Student Transcript and How to Read a Student Permanent Record. You can print the version that matches the title at the top of your transcript.

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How do I change my records to reflect my name and/or gender?

If you are attending an NYC public school, your school can change the name and gender stated on your records. If you left school or graduated from an NYC public school, contact the last DOE school you attended. You can change your name and/or gender on your records without legal documentation. Ask your school about requesting changes to your records.

Where can I find more information?

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