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State cancels August Regents exams

By Eric D. Randall

The August 2020 administration of the Regents exams has been canceled "in response to the extended statewide closures of schools and districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19," according to the State Education Department.

"This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the August 2020 Regents examination period," according to a memo issued today by Interim Education Commissioner Shannon L. Tahoe.

"There is much uncertainty as to when regular in-school attendance and instruction will be able to resume throughout the state and whether students will be adequately prepared to take Regents Examinations," according to the memo. "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."

SED announced the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Exams on April 7. At that time, SED advised, "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."

Any questions about the exemptions from examination requirements or the effect of such exemptions on student qualification for a diploma should be directed to

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