In a press release put out by NYSED on April 6, the New York State Board of Regents announced it is cancelling all Regents exams scheduled for June 2020. This action is necessary as schools across the state remain closed in response to the COVID-19 virus. “The regulations passed by the Board today will allow schools, students and professionals much-needed flexibility while they adapt to this rapidly evolving situation,” said Betty A. Rosa, Board of Regents Chancellor.
Here is a summary of what this means for students, school districts, and educators across the state.
For Districts and Schools: New York State received a one-year waiver from provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Regulations have been amended to specify that the Commissioner will not conduct a review of school and district performance using 2019-20 school year data as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
State Aid: Schools in operation for fewer than 180 days during the school year during PAUSE period will not see a reduction in aid from the state. Additionally, missed instructional hours for days when schools were closed will count toward the minimum annual instructional hour requirements.
These policies will be effective as of April 7, 2020.
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