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Graduation Requirements Modified, June Regents Cancelled

On Tuesday, April 7, the New York State Board of Regents cancelled the June 2020 administration of all Regents Exams, due to the extended COVID-19 school closure. The New York State Education Department then provided guidance that explains the impact on students and their graduation requirements.

Below you will find a very informative "Frequently Asked Questions" document that addresses the impact of the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Exams. The New York State Education Department has provided this helpful document to help you understand how your child is affected. If your child was planning to take a Regents Exam in June 2020, please take the time to read this document carefully.

Some highlights of the NYS Education Department’s guidance include:

  • Students currently enrolled in any Regents course and scheduled to take one or more Regents Exams in June 2020 are permanently exempt from those exams.
  • Students currently enrolled in a Regents course may earn Regents credit toward a diploma by successfully completing the Regents course. This applies to all students in grades 8-12 who were on track to take a Regents Exam in June.
  • Students who do not successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to earn Regents diploma credit through credit recovery over the summer. These students will still be exempt from the Regents Exam.
  • Students who previously earned course credit, had not yet passed the Regents Exam, and were on track to retake the Regents Exam in June 2020 are now exempt from taking that particular Regents Exam.
  • Students scheduled to take a Regents Exam in June 2020 are not required to take that specific Regents Exam in the future.
  • Student transcripts will document that students were exempt from a specific Regents Exam.
  • The Regents Exam exemption also applies to the locally developed Checkpoint A and Checkpoint B assessments for Languages Other Than English (French and Spanish).
  • The Regents Exam exemption applies to all diploma type, including a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

The FAQ document addresses many other details regarding students with disabilities, graduation safety nets, CTE programs, course credit, and other topics.

We are grateful to the New York State Education Department for providing clear guidance and for holding students harmless from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It is appropriate that students must pass a Regents course in order to earn Regents credit, under these unusual circumstances. We hope these decisions will provide appropriate relief to students during these unprecedented times. It is very important that students continue to work hard and work closely with their teachers to ensure they pass these courses.

If you have any questions, contact the high school administration or your child’s school counselor.