I am a product of the NYS regents program. 30+ years ago and my
daughters are too.
Every college prep course has a regent's exam attached to it-prepared by
the state. More knowledge based if I remember
correctly. They are not easy! Some years teachers would
protest the difficulty.
Even today there are lively discussions because some districts
"teach to the test." A regents program is similar to a
liberal arts program because everyone must have so many units (credits)
in subjects. No one can graduate without 4 years of English,
.... .foreign language... . I can't remember all of
it. If you do not pass the regents exam, you do not pass the
My daughter went into the hospital the night before her AP English and
calculus exam. She could only take them later with special
permission from the state. All exams are kept under lock and
Most college bound students are in college prep programs and graduate
with a Regents diploma which has more value than a school diploma.
Yes, they are important to the Universitysystem of NYS. Good
students with high SAT's and good grades can graduate as a Regents
Scholar. Year's past this included money for tuition. Since
NY ran out of money, one receives a letter saying congradulations.
Hope this helps. I am sure there have been changes.
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