Yet more proof that education leaders in New York hate excellence
Shameless: The state Department of Education on Tuesday canceled next week’s Regents exam in US history and government, on the ridiculous grounds that some questions could ‘aggravate’ students’ trauma following the Buffalo supermarket shooting.
Sorry: if kids can’t answer the questions, they shouldn’t take any tests. At most, allow waivers for the handful of students who, for example, lost their families in the massacre.
But naturally, Education Commissioner Betty Rosa’s next step is to ask the Board of Regents to let every child who was due to take the test qualify for a Regents High School Diploma as if they had passed it. (They will happily do so, since most regents despise all high-stakes tests.)
But that doesn’t help kids who want a good score to earn AP credits for college, or who just want to show off their learning.
The move follows two years of multiple cancellations from Regents over various COVID excuses. Soon they will blame the weather or “traumatize” the election results.
It’s “playing . . . with our children’s education,” warns Frances Kweller, who runs a tutoring center that prepares children for state exams. week? What message does this send to children who have been preparing for 10 months?”
The message is, once again: education officials in the Empire State are downright enemies of excellence.