NY: Officials Propose Decoupling Graduation Requirements from Regents Exams
February 23, 2021
Following the announcement that the Education Department would expect states to proceed with annual student assessments, New York education officials proposed decoupling graduation requirements from the tests for a second year in a row. Though students would still sit for tests to boost efforts to understand the pandemic’s impact on learning and to target instruction and supports, students would simply need to complete the related course instead of being required to pass the exams. The move reflects those beginning to occur in other states, where officials continue to grant schools flexibility from typical accountability requirements that are usually informed by student assessment data.