Regents Pathways – Not the answer to the problem.

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I’d like to share this perspective on the Regents Pathways, written by a New York State parent who attended an informational meeting about this proposal. I’d also like to add that other critics of this proposal fear that pathways will lead to tracking, which will limit opportunities to various demographics.

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Let’s take a moment to look at this graphic EngageNY/NYSED is using to market Regents Pathways to us as a solution to the fact that some students will just never pass 5 regents exams in order to earn a high school diploma.

Red, Yellow, Green.   Interesting choice of colors.  It continues the standard line that if you are not college bound you are either stopped, or you have to yield.

Up until graduation year 2015, students with IEPs had to attempt to take the five required Regents, (Math, Science, ELA US History and Global History & Geography).  If a student with an IEP fails the Regents, they could qualify to take an RCT (Regents Competency Test), the material is similar, but uses straight forward wording.  The ELA RCT includes practical skills like writing a business letter.  The students were taught the same material, but the RCTs show that NYSED understands…

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About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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