NY cancels January Regents exams as COVID cases surge
New York students won’t take Regents exams this January. New York education Commissioner Betty Rosa canceled the winter tests on Tuesday, citing a “daunting” spike in coronavirus cases across the state.
No decisions have been made yet regarding the June and August exams, which far more students take. Officials previously said they planned to move forward with spring testing.
“Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the recent acceleration in COVID-19 infections, and continuing upheaval the virus has caused in schools across the state, this decision is the right one,” Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said in a statement.
The state education department also said officials will seek approval from the Board of Regents to once again eliminate the exam requirement for graduation for students who had planned to take the January tests — as long as students pass the course that normally would culminate in taking a Regents.
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