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In the past few years the New York State Board of Regents has upped the standards in all areas of academic study While some of the standards are good for top notch students other students who struggle get the bitter end of the stick This means that not all students are regents material and may have a hard enough time trying just to pass I am against the highering of the standards Not all students are In New York the states Regents have raised the bar without taking the necessary steps to help students The regents approved new standards in every subject but some were so vague that the State Education Department had to issue a guide to explain them Teachers can no longer prepare students due to the redesigned Regents exams Even the teachers dont know what to expect Unless changes come about soon some high schools will see very few graduates Diane Only about twenty percent of all regents examinations are passed In some city high schools less than five percent of the graduates earn a regents Very few teachers have any experience of training that enable them to teach the Regents level courses In social studies the coverage in every area is so extensive that neither teachers nor students know how to prepare for the Regents examination No one can expect high school students to learn what the state now requires nor expect even teachers to master the For students to pass all the Regents exams they need well qualified teachers in every grade To know how to prepare their students teachers need clear standards and a core curriculum yet the state has provided neither If this mess is not straightened out soon large numbers of students are likely to pay the price The movement to improve academic performance by raising the standards will suffer a terrible setback The raising of the new standards acknowledges the fact that students are preparing to
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