The New York State Board of Regents is considering scrapping the Regents exam requirement in order to improve New York’s high school graduation rates, student achievement, and college readiness.
New York is among 11 states that require students to pass an exit exam to graduate high school. Many have questioned the exam’s effectiveness measuring student proficiency, along with its impact on graduation rates.
The decision to get rid of the regents requirement has not yet been finalized and the Board has not named any potential alternatives.
The regents originally dates back to 1876 when it covered dozens of subjects, including zoology, Latin, and philosophy.
That makes it one of the oldest achievement exams in American history.