Regents Testing Update
While out distributing meals, I have been asked by many parents about grades, testing, and the future. While I continue to ask for your patience in these areas, I can share information received from the NYS Education Department recently.
First all of the NYS grades 3-8 Math, ELA, and Science assessments have been cancelled for the year. Along with this, the Next Generation Learning Standards that were scheduled to begin implementation this coming year have been postponed by 1 year.
The NYS Regents examinations have also been canceled for the year. If your child is in grades 7-12 and anticipated taking a Regents examination in June, they will be granted credit towards graduation under the following circumstances:
- The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
- The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
- The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or
- The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.
Simply put, if students pass the class, they will receive credit for the Regents Exam!
Please realize that this makes student completion of classwork even more critical! Teachers continue to assign work and reach out to students with help on completion. Our high school teachers will be meeting (virtually) this week to discuss work expectations and grading for the remainder of our emergency closure. This closure currently extends until April 29th but will be reassessed by the Governor as we get closer.
I will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available and as local decisions are made about class completion and grade advancement. You can expect report cards for the 3rd marking period to be delivered soon. Grades are based upon student’s works up to March 13th which is the final day we were all together in school. Any work completed after that point can only raise a student’s grade.
As we move into 4th quarter remote learning, how we assess student’s work may change so it is very important your child is completing their assigned work. As always, if your child is struggling with assignment, please reach out to their teacher or principal for help!