US Department of Education Denies Waivers; NY to Administer Four Regents Exams

The US Department of Education announced Wednesday that NY’s request to waive the June 2021 Regents Exams was denied. Read more here.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has denied the state’s second request for blanket waivers regarding the June 2021 Regents Exams. 

“In a state as large and diverse as New York, one size does not fit all. We are providing as much flexibility for schools as possible within USDE requirements. Accordingly, no students should be brought into school just to take a state assessment.” Said Regents Chancellor Lester Young Jr. and Education Commissioner Betty Rosa in a statement. 

Since the USDE denied the state’s request for waivers, not all regents exams will be administered this year. Only the Regents Exams for Algebra 1, Living Environment, Earth Science, and 11th Grade English will be given. 

Even though the exams are being given they will not count against you. The Regents Exams this year will not be required to meet graduation requirements. The exams this year will solely be used to measure students’ learning.

More information about the exams, including locally given exams, should be coming in the following months. Follow The Panther Eye as we cover it all.

The full statement from Chancellor Young and Commissioner Rosa can be found here.

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