NYS Education Department waives Regents exam requirement | WHEC.com

NYS Education Department waives Regents exam requirement

Updated: April 07, 2020 05:15 PM
Created: April 07, 2020 04:59 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One major stressor for New York students and families is out of the picture in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The State Education Department canceled the requirement for students to take the state Regents exam in order to graduate Tuesday after announcing on Monday that the June Regents exams were canceled.

Educators told News10NBC students will still be properly evaluated, and will have to have passing grades in their classes. Students who don't pass would have to complete summer school.

"The test is just one aspect of what a student has learned,” Tom Putnam, President of the Monroe County Council of Superintendents said. “It's everything else they've done, September through June, both in the real, face to face classroom and, now, through distance learning that's critically important for the success. So… I'm not overly concerned about students this year that don't take a Regents exam because statewide they were canceled. I know that the learning is taking place in the classroom and that magic of the teacher-student relationship when it comes to content and knowledge is really what's important."   

The Regents exams scheduled for August have not been canceled yet, but school officials expect they will be if the situation doesn't change.

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