NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Education Department (SED) announced on April 9 that it was canceling this year’s Regents exams because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SED also announced that it was going to delay state assessments of statewide standards in English and math for a year, until the spring of 2022. Assessments for science standards would be pushed back until 2023.
Students who were expecting to take the Regents exams will be exempted from the tests if they meet certain other qualifications.
“In times of crisis, difficult decisions must be made and the Board of Regents knows these are ultimately the right ones for New York’s students,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “We are putting the safety of children, families and educators first, while ensuring that the hard work done by our students and teachers is honored. These are extraordinary decisions for an unprecedented time, and we thank our school communities for their support and continuing dedication during the statewide school closure.”
Also, the timing on the vote for school budgets across the state are still up in the air. An executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo has postponed the votes, which had been scheduled for mid May, until at least June 1, but the date could very possibly be postponed again. The order also covers library budget votes, and postpones the collection of nominating petitions for school board elections
A note from Eldred Superintendent John Morgano to students and residents posted on the school website says: “I will be in touch with you regarding the alternative to the Regents exams as well as the school election and budget vote just as soon as these matters are clarified by the governor or the State Education Department.”
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