Tuesday, July 16, 2019
New York State Wants To Drop High School Regents Exams
After 150 years the New York Education Department gave an outline of a proposal to the State Board of Regents that is entertaining the notion of dropping the high school Regents exams and replacing it with different alternatives. The reason is that fewer and fewer New York State students are academically eligible to obtain a Regents diploma, according to Newsday.
It seems that in the major New York State cities too many students end up getting a local diploma or a certificate of completion rather than a Regents diploma which hurts their chances of getting into a 4-year college. Too many of the students cannot pass four or five Regents exams to get a Regents diploma.
At one time the New York State Regents was the gold standard of final exams and over the last twenty years the New York State Education Department has dumbed down the exam and added a curve to the gateway Regents of Algebra 1 and Living Environment. Now they are considering eliminate them altogether.
Soon the New York State high school diploma will end up to be a worthless piece of paper.