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Hi,
Does the Regents testing being discussed here differ from the Regent's
College testing?
Deb

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From: Annette Gourgey <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Thursday, November 11, 1999 5:42 AM
Subject: Re: New York State Regents' Exams


>I'd like to add some info about Regents Exams.
>
>The Board of Regents of New York State sets standards for academic
>high school diplomas and measures them via these exams.  If you want
>an academic diploma, you take Regents instead of your school's
>final exams, in the areas in which they are offered.  If you don't
>pass them, you get a general (nonacademic) diploma.  They are subject-
>matter exams (I remember taking them in the sciences, in English, in
>history, and in math, though the areas may have changed since I took
>them in the 1970's).  They are not basic skills exams for developmental
>courses; neither are they AP exams.
>
>Throughout the '80's the standards fell in NY and, at least in NYC,
>most of the students who were taking Regents exams were the students
>from the specialized high schools that required entrance exams.
>Most other high school students were taking the Regents Competency
>Test, which was totally different--this was a minimum standards
>basic literacy-type test.  This may explain why those students
>who took the subject-matter Regents feel like they are above taking
>anything that looks like basic skills.
>
>Recently there has been a renewed emphasis on raising standards
>for high schools and a push toward requiring more students to take
>the subject Regents to graduate.  This has accompanied the pressure
>to end remediation at the City University of New York.  In fact,
>some people feel that CUNY's adopting open admissions in the 1970's
>encouraged high school students to feel they could get a nonacademic
>diploma and still go to college, thereby increasing CUNY's remedial
>load when the students finally got there.
>
>This is the view from New York City.  It is possible that the
>balance of who does or does not take the Regents
>is different in other parts of the state.
>
>Annette Gourgey
>CUNY
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