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US History Regents Cancelled - Letter from Mrs. Grieb

May 24, 2022

Hello Parents and Guardians of 11th Graders-

Today we received word from the state that the US History Regents that was to be administered on June 1st has been cancelled. In a memo from the State Education Department they state:

“In the wake of the heinous mass shooting in Buffalo, the Department is taking numerous steps to explore potential areas of support for students and schools across the state. Such actions include having content experts from the Department, in partnership with NYS educators, review all June 2022 Regents Exams, which have already been printed and packaged for shipment to schools. During that review, our experts determined that there is content on the new Regents Examination in United States History and Government (Framework) that has the potential to compound student trauma caused by the recent violence in Buffalo.

 While developed by NYS-certified social studies teachers more than two years ago and field-tested to confirm that the exam's content is educationally sound, the tragedy in Buffalo has created an unexpected and unintended context for the planned assessment. The Regents Examination in United States History and Government (Framework) was scheduled to be held for the first time on June 1, 2022…….It is not possible to produce a test with different content or to make modifications to the developed assessment in the short time period before the administration date.

To appropriately support our students and their well-being, the Department is canceling the administration of the Regents Examination in United States History and Government (Framework) for June 2022. At the June 2022 Board of Regents meeting, the Department will ask the Board to approve a graduation exemption for students scheduled to take the Regents Exam in United States History and Government (Framework) next month. Due to the technical requirements associated with administering a new assessment, the regulatory change that the Board of Regents will consider will include exemptions for students planning to take this exam in June 2022, August 2022, and January 2023. New York has exceptional school communities that show unwavering dedication to their students. The Department is committed to supporting our students, schools, and communities in the wake of the tragedy in Buffalo. We will work together to ensure that goodness and compassion will always triumph over ignorance and hatred. Thank you for everything that you do every day to support children.”

The students in US History will have a local final exam prior to June 15th. All other Regents Exams will be administered as planned between June 15-23.  If you have any questions please feel free to call my office or send an email to t.grieb@ppcsd.org.

Regards,

 

Tara K. Grieb,
Principal