State education department rethinking regents exams
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State education department rethinking regents exams

CHRISTIE: AND I’M CHRISTIE CASCIANO. THE REGENTS EXAMS, BELIEVED TO BE CRUCIAL FOR STUDENTS TO GET INTO COLLEGE IN NEW YORK STATE, COULD SOON BE ON THE WAY OUT. ROD: NEWSCHANNEL NINE’S JULIA LEBLANC IS AT AN EDUCATION SUMMIT IN EAST SYRACUSE — LOOKING FOR ANSWERS ON THE FUTURE OF THE REGENTS. JULIA: FOR CENTURIES, THE TICKET TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL AND GETTING INTO COLLEGEIN THE STATE HAS BEEN EARNING 22 CREDITS AND PASSING FOUR REGENTS EXAMS. Dr. Donna DeSiato, Superintendent, East Syracuse Minoa Central School District: “I think it’s time to really challenge ourselves in New York State and really look at, are their other ways to really demonstrate one’s knowledge and abilities?” Julia LeBlanc, Reporter: “The regents exams have been around since the 1800s, and while there have been changes to the tests since then, school is a lot different now, and DeSiato says we need to start thinking about a more practical approach to learning.” dr. Donna DeSito: “While we’ll always have some element, perhaps, of a test or an assessment that may be a written or a computer based assessment–it shouldn’t be the only way we measure student learning.” JULIA: IT’S A QUESTION A COMMISSION IS LOOKING TO ANSWER THIS FALL. THEY’RE STUDYING WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GRADUATING–FINDIN G THE BEST WAY TO TEST THAT KNOWLEDGE, TO SHOW THEY’RE READY TO EARN THEIR DIPOLMAS. Mary Ellen Elia, Commissioner of Education: “One of the things we have to be very cognizant about is, what are we actually preparing our students to be able to do, do well, and be successful at?” JULIA: WHILE THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION KNOWS TESTING CAN BE A GOOD WAY TO MEASURE IMPROVEMENT, SHE ALSO KNOWS GRADUATION RATES CAN DEPEND ON THINGS LIKE RACE, POVERTY, AND SPECIAL NEEDS. Mary Ellen Elia: “We can’t have certain students in certain zip codes and school districts have available things to them that are not available to others.” JULIA: MAKING SURE STUDENTS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED–OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. IN EAST SYRACUSE, JULIA LEBLANC, NEWSCHANNEL NINE. ROD: THE COMMISSION WILL COME TOGETHER IN SEPTEMBER–IT’LL BE A GROUP OF PARENTS, STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, RESEARCHERS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS. THE RESULTS SHOULD BE MADE

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