This week, the Board of Regents acted on a series of emergency regulations to allow for exemptions to diploma requirements
associated with the June 2021 and August 2021 Regents Examination administrations. With the COVID-19 crisis still affecting the State of New York and students having varied levels of in-person instruction, the Board and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) are taking necessary steps to provide essential flexibility for the State’s students, families, and educators.
These include actions to cancel the August 2021 Regents Exams and, should the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) deny NYSED’s waiver request
, only four of the June 2021 Regents Exams will be administered; only Session 1 of the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Tests will be required; and only the one-session Written Test component of the Grades 4 and 8 Science Tests will be administered.
NYSED continues to engage with USDE to find the best path forward in offering state assessments for the children of New York. In order to inform these discussions, we are engaging with stakeholders across the state to gain insight on the local approaches to student assessment. The regulatory amendments advanced this week provide fairness for our students; however, we remain hopeful that USDE will provide the necessary waivers to allow our educators to engage in the important work of fostering a safe and healthy learning environment for each child in New York State.
The emergency regulations became effective on March 16, 2021 and will be presented for permanent adoption after publication in the State Register and expiration of the 60-day public comment period.
Below, you can find details on other announcements and resources from NYSED:
- Statement From Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr., the Board of Regents and Commissioner Betty A. Rosa on Regents Appointments
- Board of Regents Acts to Adopt Revisions to State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English
- Commissioner Rosa and Attorney General James Take Action to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
- Statement From Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr., the Board of Regents and Commissioner Betty A. Rosa on the Rise in Violence Against Members of the Asian American Community
- Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Environments Program
- NYSED Warns of Phishing Scam Targeting Licensed Professionals
- SUNY and CUNY Enrollment Resources
- NY Project Hope
- NYSED Announces New York State Nominees for Federal Green Ribbon Schools Program
Betty A. Rosa