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NYS Regents Testing and Grading Plan Update

Dear Parents, Guardians, and (student name and Id):

The New York Board of Regents recently approved a series of emergency regulations to provide exemptions for diploma requirements associated with the June 2021 and August 2021 Regents examination administrations. As a result, NYSED is cancelling all but four of the Regents Examinations scheduled to be given in June 2021 and all of the Regents Examinations scheduled to be given in August 2021.   

The following Regents examinations will be offered in person in June:  English Language Arts, Algebra I, Earth Science, and Living Environment.  NYSED is required to administer these four exams to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  There will be no Regents offered remotely, only in person.  

Students, who decide not to take the above assessments, will have an opportunity for the exemption to the graduation requirement associated with these examinations under the circumstances listed below. An “E” for exempt will be placed on the transcript.  

According to NYSED, “Students who meet one of the following eligibility requirements are exempt from the associated examination-related diploma requirement: 

  • currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents, Department Approved Alternative, or a Pathway Examination and earn credit in such course of study by June 2021 or August 2021; 
  • currently in grade 7 or grade 8, enrolled in a course of study leading to a Regents, Department Approved Alternative, or a Pathway Examination, and meet the learning outcomes for such course of study by June 2021 or August 2021; 
  • successfully complete a make-up program by August 2021 in a course of study culminating in a Regents, Department Approved Alternative, or a Pathway Examination; or 
  • previously achieved course credit in a course of study leading to a Regents, Department Approved Alternative, or a Pathway Examination, has not yet passed the associated assessment, but intended to take the exam in June or August 2021 to achieve a passing score. 

In sum, students who successfully meet one of the criteria will be eligible for an exemption from the Regents exam diploma requirement.  Students who take one of the four Regents Examinations being administered in June 2021 and fail, may still qualify for an exemption to the diploma requirement associated with the examination, as long as they meet one of the eligibility requirements above.  All current safety net options remain in effect for all students and must be considered in the determination of which diploma type can be awarded. 

Every school is required to place an order for the number of Regents exams that they will need to administer the exam.  Any student who is thinking about taking the exam should fill out this form (Press here for the form) to notify the school by April 13.  Please be advised that if the United States Department of Education grants the Assessment Waiver, the June 2021 administration of ALL Regents Examinations will be cancelled. The August 2021 administration of ALL Regents Examinations will be cancelled.

Due to the cancellation of all other Regents exams, all secondary schools will not be administering any final exams.  The grading plan that was shared with the community on January 25, 2021 was approved by the Board of Education on March 25, 2021 and will be implemented.  Please see (this link) for the details of the grading plan for quarter 3 and quarter 4 where each quarter will now be weighted at 28%.  For students who are seeking the mastery and honors endorsement, their course grades will be substituted for exam scores in cases where Regents Examination exemptions would preclude a student from qualifying for an endorsement to their diploma.

A summary of additional NYSED amendments is provided here.  Full descriptions of the changes can be found in the Regents item.  A full description of the regulatory amendments and a supplemental presentation are available on the NYSED website.  For more information, please visit this frequently asked question document

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor or your administrators.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Slaybaugh, Principal of Birchwood School
Dr. Michael St. John, Principal of Felix Festa A School
Dr. Diane Mitchell, Principal of Felix Festa C School
Jonathan Schatz, Principal of Felix Festa D School
Dr. Harry Leonardatos, Principal of Clarkstown High School North
Debra Tarantino, Principal of Clarkstown High School South
Susan Yom, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction