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State education department rethinking Regents exams

The Regents exams, believed to be crucial for students to get into college in New York State, could soon be on the way out. A commission put together by the education department will be reviewing the exams in the fall.

The potential overhaul was brought up at the Collaborative Educators Summit Tuesday at Pine Grove Middle School.

For centuries, the requirement has been for students to earn 22 credits and pass four Regents exams in order to get a diploma.

“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,” said Dr. Donna DeSiato, Superintendent of the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District.

The tests have been around since the 1800s, and while there have been changes to them since then, school is a lot different now, and DeSiato said schools need to start thinking about a more practical approach to learning.

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