ALBANY – New York State’s Department of Education released guidelines Tuesday detailing how high school seniors can graduate just one day after the department cancelled the June 2020 Regents examinations due the COVID-19 outbreak.
The education department modified diploma, credential and endorsement requirements for students who were enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in the 2019-2020 school year and intended to take a June 2020 regents exam. Students must meet one of the following criteria to be exempted:
- The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
- The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
- The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or
- The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.
The complete guidelines can be found here.
The Board of Regents additionally announced it will delay the implementation of the Next Generation ELA and Mathematics state assessments to Spring 2022.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that schools and non-essential businesses would be closed until at least April 29.