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Students will get a double take on Algebra Regents this year as new Common Core tests arrive

Students will take their first Regents exam aligned to the Common Core today, but some will have a chance at a do-over later this month.

Schools will administer the state's Common Core Algebra I Regents exam today. Schools also have the option of allowing students to take the traditional Algebra exam – Integrated Algebra – later this month. The higher of the two scores will be counted.

The Board of Regents earlier this year pushed back the year in which students will have to earn higher scores on the Common Core-aligned Regents exams. The Class of 2022 will be the first required to pass them at levels considered to show whether students are "college and career ready."

Some students in local elementary and middle schools will also take field exams during the next week and a half. The exams aren't used to assess student or school progress, but instead will be used to screen test questions for use on future exams.

Critics of the amount of standardized testing in local schools have expressed concern about the use of the field tests, and some school districts downstate have opted not to administer the field tests.

In Erie and Niagara counties, 236 schools are on the list to administer field exams at some point between June 2 and June 11. Most will give either a math or an English Language Arts exam in one grade level.

-- Denise Jewell Gee

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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