State may drop Regents requirement to graduate in 2021
Annalise Knudson is reporting for SILive [dot] com New York students may not be required to take the Regents exams in order to graduate from high school in 2021, the state Education Department suggested February 23. Education officials will vote in March on a series of amendments that cover the Regents exams for students taking the tests this year, such as eliminating the exams as a graduation requirement and canceling non-mandatory Regents exams. The Regents were canceled in 2020, and graduation requirements were modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department's announcement was made the day after the Biden administration announced that states must administer standardized exams this year, as part of a plan to measure the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on student performance. Schools will not be held accountable for the results, and states could also give shorter, remote or delayed versions of the tests. The announcement has stopped plans by the state, which requested a waiver from the federal government, to skip state assessments at the elementary, middle and high school levels. “USDE [U.S. Department of Education] informed states [Monday] night that it will not grant a blanket waiver for state assessments. While we are disappointed by this decision, we are examining all possible options,” said Emily DeSantis, a state Education Department spokesperson. To receive a high school diploma, most students are required to take a minimum of five Regents exams. Three of those exams — math, English language arts and science — are required by the federal government, which means New York cannot cancel those tests this year. Read the full story at saliva [dot] com.