This year, the New York State Board of Regents has canceled all but the four federally-mandated Regents exams for the 20-2021 school year — Algebra I, Earth Science, English Language Arts, and Living Environment.
In addition, the Regents exams will not be a graduation requirement for this year. However, students must pass their courses to graduate.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) made these decisions this year after applying for a testing waiver, which was denied by the U.S. Department of Education. As a result, NYSED is only giving the exams required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA.
Despite the exams not being required for graduation or to pass classes, students have been learning the material covered on these exams throughout the school year and are encouraged to take the exams to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject.
For students who do take the Regents exams, schools must record the score of any Regents Examination on a student’s permanent record. The choice to record a score or an “E” for exempt on a student’s transcript should be made in consultation with the student, and students will have the choice to include any Regents exam scores on their official transcript.
The Regents Exams will be given in June 2021 as follows:
- English Language Arts, Thursday, June 17
- Living Environment, Tuesday, June 22
- Algebra 1, Wednesday, June 23
- Earth Science, Thursday, June 24
Students who are fully remote may come to the building to take an in-person Regents exam if they choose. Those students should notify their teacher if they would like to take the assessment.
Further questions regarding the Regents requirements for graduation or the tests should be directed to their teachers and school counselors. Mr. Pritchard can be reached at email@example.com, and Miss DiDomenico can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.