Friday, May 20, 2011

Regents Cut Costs, Dumb Down

   
Faced with continued shortfalls in the Regents Examination Program, state education officials voted this week to  make a total of $8 million in cuts.

  • Eliminates January Regents Exams
  • Eliminates foreign-language (Italian, French & Spanish) Regents exams
  • Postpones the development of new English/language arts tests for grades 9 & 10
Regents voted in June 2010 to cut costs by more than $6 million. They eliminated grades 5 & 8 social-studies exams; grade 8 second-language proficiency exams; component retesting in math and English/language arts; high school foreign-language exams in German, Hebrew and Latin; and Algebra 2/Trigonometry and Chemistry exams given in August. (D&C)
   

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Other states seem to compete with no board like the regents. Why do we still have this aristocracy of education hanging out in ALbany?

Anonymous said...

10;47 because the unions run education in N.Y.S. and the board of regents is the bs machine to make sure nothing changes.

Anonymous said...

The dumbing down of education has been going on for decades. You only have to get a 55% anyway on our Regents exams to pass right now. What is the point of these exams if you can get almost half of the answers WRONG and still PASS??????

I have high school graduates coming in to open accounts and take out loans and when I ask them to SIGN their name they look at me like I have two heads! They start to print and I say.....NO...you have to do it in cursive. I get another look like I am from another planet. I literally have to show these dumb asses how to WRITE their names. And we are paying HOW much per kid in this district????? Good grief!

Anonymous said...

I heard that other districts no longer teach cursive writing. No one writes any more, they text with shorthand expressions like lol, pos, etc. The times they are a changing'!

SCATS said...

To 5PM ~~ I heard that about many Greece students as of several years ago.

Anonymous said...

The point of of kids learning to actually write their names in cursive is important. At some point in time you need to be able to SIGN your driver's license, loan applications, mortgage documents, sign your name to go into the military, sign other legal documents and so on and so on. This BASIC skill will always be needed regardless of how "computerized" we get.

SCATS said...

To 8:02AM ~~ Cursive writing will be the new hieroglyphics in the future. We'll have to send certain folks to get PhDs just to decipher their meaning ;)

Anonymous said...

I kind of figure that group of brilliant elite Boardmembers could save a hell of a lot more money by just pulling tests from the 1950s off the shelf and reusing the questions.

Here's another idea they could test, PASSING is 75% just like it was in the 50s and 60s. I'm willing to bet most of the matriculated UNION teachers can't make 75%.

So, one more time, why are jobs going off shore?