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PSAT/NMSQT- October 30, 2020

January Regents

Regents- JUNE REGENTS CANCELLED

FROM: Shannon Tahoe, Interim Commissioner
SUBJECT: Cancellation of the June 2020 Administration of the New York State (NYS) High School Regents Examination Program in Response to COVID-19 Related School and District Closures

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform you that the New York State Education
Department (NYSED or “the Department”) is cancelling the June 2020 administration of the NYS
High School Regents Examination Program in response to the statewide closures of schools
and districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This cancellation applies to all Regents
Examinations that had been scheduled for the June 2020 Regents Examination period. This
memorandum also provides information on the adjustments that NYSED will make to the
examination requirements that students must ordinarily meet in order to earn diplomas,
credentials, and endorsements so that the cancellation of these exams will not adversely impact
students.

This situation has evolved rapidly such that schools have now closed statewide, and there
is much uncertainty as to when regular in-school attendance and instruction will be able to
resume throughout the State and/or whether students will be adequately prepared to take these
assessments. It is most important that during the time of closure, educators be able to continue
to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs and not have to be concerned
about preparing students for State assessments.

Modifications to Diploma Requirements for Students Impacted by the Cancellation of
June 2020 Regents Examinations


Because of the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Examinations, the Department is
making certain modifications to the assessment requirements that students must meet in order
to earn high school diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. These modifications apply to all
students enrolled in grades 7-12 during the 2019-20 school year who were intending to
participate in one or more of the June 2020 Regents Examinations.

Regents Examination Exemptions

Students who during the June 2020 examination period would take one or more Regents
Examinations shall be exempted from the requirements pertaining to passing such
examinations in order to be issued a diploma. In order to qualify for the exemption, students
must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

• The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents
Examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the
2019-20 school year;

• The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents
Examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20
school year;

• The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents
Examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student
returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course credit and is subsequently
granted diploma credit in August 2020; or

• The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable
Regents Examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the
associated Regents Examination but was intending to take the test in June 2020 to
achieve a passing score. (See FAQ # 5 for additional information).

Pathway Assessments

Any student preparing to take a NYSED-approved +1 Pathway Assessment in June 2020
shall be exempt from the requirements pertaining to passing an approved assessment for the
purposes of meeting the diploma requirements. In order to qualify for the exemption students
must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

• The student is currently enrolled in the course of study leading to the +1 Pathway
Assessment and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-
20 school year;

• The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to the +1 Pathway
Assessment, has achieved the applicable course credit and has not yet passed the
associated +1 Pathway Assessment but was intending to take the test in June 2020 to
achieve a passing score;

• The student is currently or was previously identified as an English Language Learner
whose home language is one of the languages that is tested by the NYSED-approved
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) +1 Pathway Assessments (Chinese, French,
Italian, Korean, or Spanish), or a student who was deemed qualified by the principal in
consultation with relevant faculty, and was intending to take the LOTE +1 Assessment
in June 2020 to achieve a passing score; or

• A student who was deemed qualified by the principal in consultation with relevant
faculty in the use of American Sign Language (ASL) and was intending to take the
LOTE +1 Pathway Assessment in ASL in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Locally Developed Checkpoint B Examinations

Districts and charter schools may exempt the requirement of passing the locally developed LOTE Checkpoint B examination for any student who was intending to take such
examination in June 2020 in order for the student to meet the requirements for an Advanced
Regents diploma provided that the student will have earned at least 3 diploma credits in the
LOTE subject prior to the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential and
+ 1 Pathway

Any student exiting high school in June of 2020, including a student with a disability who
meets the eligibility requirements for a Superintendent’s Determination of a local diploma, who
is unable to complete the requirements for the CDOS Commencement Credential or the CDOS
+1 pathway as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and has demonstrated proficiency of the CDOS
learning standards, may be granted a waiver from the completion of the 216 hours of Career
and Technical Education (CTE) instruction and/or the 54 hours of work-based learning
requirement. With regard to students who are continuing their high school education beyond
the 2019-20 school year, such students may be exempted from the requirements that were not
met due to COVID-19 closures in the 2019-20 school year. Such students must fulfill any
requirements scheduled or planned for completion in subsequent school years.

Students preparing to take a NYSED-approved examination leading to the CDOS
commencement credential or CDOS +1 Pathway who are meeting or have met the
expectations of the course of preparation for such examination may be exempted from the
examination requirement for this pathway for the purpose of using the +1 Pathway to earn a
Regents or local diploma.

Use of Safety Nets


All current safety net options remain in effect for all students and must be considered in
the determination of which diploma type can be awarded. To determine whether general
education students, English language learners, and students with disabilities are eligible to earn
either a Regents or local diploma, districts and charter schools should consider an exempted
examination to be a score of 65. However, students with a disability eligible for the
compensatory safety net may not use exemptions on tests to compensate for lower test scores.
(See FAQ #32-33).

Any student including a student with a disability who does not earn a Regents or local
diploma continues to be eligible for a free appropriate public education until the end of the school year in which the student turns age 21, or until the receipt of a Regents or local high school
diploma.

Mastery, Honors, Technical Endorsements, Seal of Biliteracy

Examinations from which students have been given an exemption as a result of the
COVID-19 related cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Examinations shall be excluded from
any calculation used for determining eligibility for an Honors or Mastery endorsement on a
diploma. In the case of Honors endorsements to either a Regents Diploma or a Regents with
Advanced Designation Diploma, if a student achieves a calculated average of 90 or above
(without rounding) of all examinations taken applicable to their diploma type, they will attain the
honors endorsement on such diploma. Any examination exempted as a result of COVID-19
related cancellation of the June 2020 examinations shall not be included in such calculation.

In the case of a mastery in mathematics and/or science endorsement, the student must
achieve an 85 or above on two Regents Examinations in mathematics and/or science, in
addition to any Regents Examination for which the student was exempted in that subject. (See
FAQ #26.)

In the case of the CTE Technical Endorsement, schools may exempt the student from
the requirement of the three-part technical assessment for students scheduled to complete
their technical studies and who have been successful in their coursework up to the point of the
COVID-19 related school closures. Consideration should be given to length of program,
percent of program unfinished, and whether the student has demonstrated the technical skills
and knowledge to warrant such endorsement. Please note that students shall be exempted
from the 3-part technical assessment requirement for the purpose of meeting the +1 pathway
to a diploma; however, districts must make an individual determination of knowledge and skill
attainment in granting the Technical Endorsement.

Guidance addressing how students can complete the requirements for the Seal of
Biliteracy will be issued under separate cover and will include a separate set of frequently
asked questions.

Recording Student Scores for the COVID-19 Exemptions

NYSED will develop and disseminate guidance on how schools/districts should record
the exemptions from examination requirements in their student management systems. The
Department will develop new codes for reporting “COVID-19 Exemptions” and provide further
guidance. Student transcripts should not reflect an examination score for any examination for
which the student is exempted.

Accountability Determinations

NYSED will not make high school accountability determinations for the 2019-20 school
year based on the performance of the 2016 accountability cohort (i.e., the students who first
entered grade 9 in September 2016). Instead all schools and districts will maintain in the
2020-21 school year the same accountability status that the school or district was assigned for
the 2019-20 school year.

NYSED will work with the United States Department of Education to determine a
methodology for meeting federal accountability requirements and making accountability
determinations beginning with the 2017 accountability cohort (i.e., students who first entered
grade 9 anytime between and including July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018). More information on
this issue will be forthcoming.

August Regents Examinations


The Department has yet to make a decision about the August 2020 administration of
Regents Examinations and will issue a separate announcement when such decision is made.
However as stated previously, any student who enrolls in summer school to make up failed
course credit in a course leading to a Regents Examination and is subsequently granted such
credit, shall be exempt from the culminating Regents Examination.

Attached to this memorandum is a list of frequently asked questions that will be updated
regularly on NYSED’s COVID-19 Information site. Any questions about the exemptions from
examination requirements or the effect of such exemptions on student qualification for a diploma should be directed to emscgradreq@nysed.gov.

The Department is grateful to the dedicated educators, school staff, community members,
and parents who are working so diligently to ensure that students are safe and well. Please
continue to monitor NYSED’s COVID-19 Information site for additional guidance as it becomes
available.

SAT

SAT- AJune 2020

As announced on April 15, the College Board will not administer the SAT and SAT subject tests as planned on June 6. When it’s safe from a public health standpoint, planned to begin in August, the College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year. This includes a new administration in September, and the previously scheduled administrations on August 29October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Advanced Placement Exams

AP Exams-UPDATE

Information regarding changes to the AP Exam schedule and format:

https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/educators/taking-the-exams/ap-exam-schedule

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEARS EXAMS