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New York moves to cut reliance on Regents examination as HS graduation requirement

11.13.2023 | NY Daily News | “We have worked with far too many students who had the deck stacked against them,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of the group Advocates for Children of New York, “yet persevered and completed their coursework and were prepared to move on to post-secondary life — only to be blocked from a high school diploma because of a single high-stakes exam.” 

Advocates for Children and like-minded organizations argue there is no evidence that exit exams increase student achievement or job earnings after graduation. Over the winter, the state reviewed a 161-page report showing the high-stakes tests may increase dropout rates, “with especially large effects among Black students.” Read article