Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New York State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today that NYS Regents Exams scheduled for January 2022 have been canceled.
This is the second year in a row that the January exams have been canceled due to the pandemic. No decision has been made regarding the June 2022 or August 2022 Regents exams.
With this cancellation, the State Education Department will ask the Board of Regents to approve modifications to the assessment requirements that students must meet to earn high school diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. These modifications apply to all students who are completing a secondary-level course of study or make-up program in January and are scheduled to participate in one or more January Regents exams.
In addition, State Ed will ask the Board of Regents to adopt emergency regulations stating that students who were planning to take one or more Regents examinations in January 2022 shall be exempt from the requirements pertaining to passing a corresponding Regents examination to be issued a diploma. To qualify for the exemption, the student must meet one of these requirements by the end of the first semester of the 2021-22 school year:
Be enrolled in a course that would ordinarily culminate with a January 2022 Regents examination and earn credit for such course of study;
Complete a make-up program to earn course credit; or
Be prepared to take a required Regents examination to graduate at the end of the first semester.
We expect additional guidance from the NYS Education Department in January.
Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools