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New York could phase out regents exams soon

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The tradition of taking Regents exams to graduate high school in New York State could be coming to an end. The New York State Department of Education’s Board of Regents announced a new vision for assessing students’ readiness for graduation.

The plan includes “adopting the NYS Portrait of a Graduate,” which evaluates students on critical thinking, problem-solving, literacy, cultural competence, social-emotional skills, communication, and global citizenship. It also redefines how students earn credits, allowing them to gain credits through work, service-based learning, early college programs, and other approved activities.


Though Regents exams will still assess students based on state standards, passing them will no longer be required to graduate. This change aims to provide more equitable and diverse pathways to graduation for all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners.

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) supports this shift, emphasizing the need for a more personalized approach to education. More details on the implementation timeline will be available in November.