N.Y. Regents exams are the only way to preserve standards

New York State’s Regents exams for decades served to ensure that students were receiving a basic education (“NY Regents are looking to snap education standards out of existence,” New York Post, Nov. 20).  But the Board of Regents is determined to eliminate the exams because minority students don’t pass them at the same rate.

That’s precisely why they should not be eliminated. They’re the only way to know if public schools are doing their job. It seems that anything not producing the desired racial outcomes must be abolished.  A high school diploma used to mean something.  Now it won ‘t be worth the paper it is printed on.

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