New York Board of Regents Postpone Vote on Field Exams

exam_hall_jpg_470x399_q85The Board of Regents is postponing a vote to make standalone exams mandatory after outcry in opposition from parents and educators. Thousands of letters were submitted to the Education Department during the 45-day public comment period prompting a response by the Board. The controversial tests would be taken in addition to the multiple standardized tests that students must take. These field exams are thought of as ‘product development’ to test out possible questions on future tests. The exams have proved somewhat inconsequential due to the mixed results because no effort is given to the questions when students know it does not count.

The vote scheduled for the 25th will be replaced by a $8.4 million request for the Education Department to print versions of tests with the field questions included to reduce the total number of questions. At least 6 school districts in the Lower Hudson Valley have refused to administer the field tests this past June among 26 districts across the State.

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