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New York thinking of charging for Regents test
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2010 17:33 PM

New York state is known for its high standardized test expectations. As one of the first states to enact a law that requires students to pass the Regents exams before they can continue on to college, New York has set the standards for holding students responsible for their scores.

However, while taking the tests used to be free of charge, Gothamist, an online news source for New York, is reporting that the State Education Department (SED) may start charging school districts for Regents exams, as the budget gap is now more than $15 million.

The source reports that school districts could in fact be charged for the number of exams distributed. For example, a school district with more than a million students, such as New York City, would have to pay each student's fee. This could become costly for districts with a number of pupils.

PressConnects.com reports that right now, the state is thinking of charging $5.93 for each student who takes a Regent exam. Additionally, all students in public schools must take these tests in order to graduate.



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