NYSED has officially cancelled all January Regents exams. As a result, all previously designated Regents days (days in which students would only come to school if they were scheduled to take an exam) must be changed to instructional days. All students will be required to be in attendance on these days. Mid-term exams will still be administered in classes. Additional information will be posted on our website
All Regents exams scheduled for Jan. 25-28, 2022, have been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19, Education Commissioner Betty Rosa announced. Read the official press release.
"New York set a daunting record last week with more COVID-19 cases reported in one day than ever before," Rosa said. "The January Regents Exams cannot be safely, equitably, and fairly administered across the state."
She will be asking the Board of Regents to adjust diploma requirements to ensure this does not delay students from earning diplomas. Under proposed emergency regulations, students who were planning to take one or more exams in January at the end of a course of study or a make-up program will be exempt from the requirement to pass a corresponding Regents exam to earn a diploma.
State education officials are developing additional guidance which will be issued early January 2022 by the New York State Education Department and will address topics such as safety net options, mastery, honors and technical endorsements.
No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2022 administrations of Regents exams or any other state assessment programs, according to a news release.
"Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the recent acceleration in COVID-19 infections, and continuing upheaval the virus has caused in schools across the state, this decision is the right one," said Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr.