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