ALBANY – New York State’s winter Regents Exams have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The New York State Education Department announced the news on Thursday.
Officials say they determined the January exams could not be safely and fairly administered across the state because of the pandemic.
Because of the cancellation, all students who were scheduled to take a test in January are exempt from the requirement of passing the exam to earn a diploma.
The state’s Board of Regents will meet in December to finalize the changes to diploma requirements.
Additionally, the cancellation will not affect students who are on track to earn a Regents diploma or Regents with advanced designation diploma.
If a student earns an average of 90 or above on all the exams they took, they are still eligible for the advance diplomas. The canceled exam will not factor into that equation.
No decisions have been made yet regarding the June and August 2021 exams.