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Aug. 4, 2011

NYSED reinstates January 2012 Regents

The New York State Education Department said yesterday it will reinstate the January Regents exams in 2012 following the announcement by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott that they have secured $1.5 million in private funding to pay for their administration.

testing graphicPreviously, NYSED said that it would not offer the January exams for high school students beginning in 2012, after the Board of Regents voted to eliminate them due to budget cuts. But David Abrams, assistant commissioner of the Office of Assessment Policy, Development and Administration, confirmed the exams will go on as they have in past years thanks to this new private financing.

"We are grateful for this financial support that will provide many students the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in a variety of subjects and allow many to graduate from high school," Abrams said. "SED will be accepting this funding and we will be restoring the January 2012 Regents Exams; the exams will be administered from January 24-27. We will provide additional information in the near future."

After fundraising efforts by Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott, six New Yorkers each made donations of $250,000, for a total of $1.5 million, which was accepted by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Fund for Public Schools.

According to a new release issued by the mayor's office, nearly 2,400 of the 3,454 students who graduated in New York City between January and March of 2011 relied on the January exams to earn their diplomas. A large proportion of these students represented the city’s ethnic minorities as well as its most vulnerable populations, including students who have returned to school after dropping out, students with disabilities, English language learners and overage and under-credited students.

“Thousands of high-school students rely on the January Regents Exams to graduate on time and move on to college and careers,” said Chancellor Walcott. “These generous donations give these students the opportunity for an uninterrupted transition to a successful future. We will continue to work with the state legislature and the State Education Department to find a long-term solution so that our students, especially the most vulnerable, have the best chance to succeed.”

Abrams agreed, adding, "a longer term solution for adequate funding remains a Department priority. As you know, the continuing structural imbalance in funding for the past several years led to the difficult decision to discontinue this (January) testing period," he said. "The State Education Department is currently identifying nearly $4 million in cost containment measures to ensure the program remains in balance for the remainder of this year."

The annual district calendar, in the process of being mailed home to Cobleskill-Richmondville parents, does not include these January 2012 Regent exam testing dates, but they will be posted on the District’s website. More information and a Regents testing schedule will be posted on the Cobleskill-Richmondville High School web page when information becomes available closer to the testing dates.