SED Update on REGENTS Examinations

Good Evening,

As I shared with you on February 23, approximately a month ago the New York State Education Department requested a waiver from the federal government for all state testing requirements in grades 3 - 12 (NYS Grades 3 - 8 ELA & Math, Grades 4 & 8 Science, and June Regents). As rationale for the waiver request, SED stated concerns about safe, equitable, and fair administration of the exams.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on delivery of instructional models spanning public education across the state, NYSED has announced that it will “propose a series of regulatory amendments at the March Board of Regents meeting so Regents Exams would not be required to meet graduation requirements and to cancel any Regents Exam that is not required by USDE to be held.”

We learned today that in the event the United States Department of Education does not grant NYS the waiver, it is anticipated that the Regents Exams listed below will be the only exams administered in June 2021:
• Algebra I
• English Language Arts
• Living Environment
• Physical Setting/Earth Science.

Further, SED plans to propose cancellation of the below Regents Examinations for June 2021 and of ALL August Regents examinations: 
• Algebra II
• Geometry
• Physical Setting/Chemistry
• Physical Setting/Physics
• Global History & Geography
• United States History & Government

We expect that SED will provide additional guidance on these matters to school districts following the March Board of Regents meetings.

On behalf of the Honeoye Central School District, many thanks to our community for the ongoing support and partnership in advocacy for all HCS students. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns about the information included in this communication, or otherwise.

Warmest regards,
E. Bridget Ashton

Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street
Honeoye, New York 14471
On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton