Coronavirus: Students will not have to make up canceled June Regents exams

Sophie Grosserode, Rockland/Westchester Journal News

Students who were scheduled to take Regents exams this June will not have to make up the missed exam, the New York State Education Department announced today.

The June Regents exams have been canceled due to the havoc wreaked on the education system by the coronavirus outbreak. Under normal circumstances, New York students have to pass five of the exams to earn a diploma.

Now, students in grades 8-12 who are enrolled in a Regents course will be exempt from the test as long as they earn diploma credit in the class by June 2020.

If a student does not earn credit in the class by June 2020 but takes summer instruction and earns that credit by August, they will still be exempt from the Regents exam. Students who earned course credit in a previous year but did not pass the exam and were planning to take the exam in June are also exempt.

Students in seventh grade, who can enroll in Regents-level courses but cannot earn diploma credit, will be exempt as long as they meet the class standards.

SED has not made a decision about canceling the August Regents exams.

Sophie Grosserode covers education.