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The Bobster
01-11-2016, 03:19 PM

Education officials want to make it easier for students to skip Regents exams
By Carl Campanile
January 11, 2016 | 2:34pm

State education officials want to make it easier for students to earn a high school diploma without passing Regents exams — even as graduation rates increased last year.

Figures released Monday by the Board of Regents show that 78.1 percent of students graduated high schools statewide in the 2014-15 school year, up from 76.4 percent the previous year.

In New York City, the four-year graduation rate jumped to 67.2 percent from 64.2 percent a year earlier.

In announcing the good news, the Regents also disclosed that they’re looking to offer “project-based assessments” — such as portfolio work or classroom projects — to students who fail Regents exams. :rolleyes:

A handful of states — including Pennsylvania and Maryland — already offer such second chances.

“Use of PBA (Performance Based Assessments) for all students who cannot pass Regents examinations has been supported by stakeholders to provide an alternative way for all students — including students with disabilities and English Language Learners — to demonstrate proficiency toward the state’s high academic standards,” said state Deputy Education Commissioner Jhone Ebert in the proposal submitted to the Regents Monday.

The Regents also want to make it easier for kids who fail Regents exams with scores near the 65 passing grade to get more of a chance to file appeals. :rolleyes:

Right now, only kids who score 62 or more can appeal. They’re proposing to lower the grade needed for an appeal to 60.

Officials said that would allow about 4,000 additional students to graduate each year.

New York City officials were elated by the latest numbers, which cover the first full year the school system was run by Mayor de Blasio and his hand-picked schoosl chancellor, Carmen Farina.

“Today’s announcement of more students graduating than ever and fewer dropping out speaks to the critical importance of maintaining the momentum we are seeing in education here in New York City :rolleyes:,” said de Blasio, who needs approval from Albany to extend his control of public schools.

Farina called the results “important progress”, but added, “there is so much more to do to ensure equity and excellence in classrooms across all five boroughs.”

The city released its own figures that show the graduation rate increase from 68 percent to 70 percent. Unlike the state, the city figures includes students in the four-year-cohort who earned a diploma in August instead of June.

The results come during the second year that new Common Core Regents exams were being phased in.

“Standards work, Ok?,’ outgoing Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said of the results.

Given the positive results, supporters of rigorous standards said they were baffled and alarmed at attempts to water down Common Core Regents requirements.

“We’re concerned. The rule should be to pass a consistent battery of tests to graduate, as has been true for decades,” said Steve Sigmund, director of the group High Achievement New York.