NYS ED Cancelled US History Regents Exam Due to Trauma Caused by Buffalo Shooting

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The NYS Education Department, confirmed, Tuesday, that the ‘US History Regents Exam’ was cancelled over concerns that students in Buffalo and around the state, will find the test’s content, “traumatic.”

See the full statement from NYSED below:

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Just this past Friday, May 20th, the Commissioner had sent the following letter to all colleagues:

Dear Colleagues,

Commissioner Rosa

We at the New York State Education Department, together with Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr., Regent Catherine Collins of the 8th Judicial District, and the Members of the Board of Regents, mourn the lives lost in Buffalo in yet another reprehensible act of violence and hatred. We grieve for the innocent victims, their families, their towns, and our country. We will never be able to solve our issues by using violence.

This moment is an opportunity to reaffirm our collective resolve to empower students to be informed citizens through education. As parents, caregivers, and educators, it is our responsibility to teach and model respect, fairness, open-mindedness, and inclusiveness. We must teach our children that in America, goodness and compassion will always triumph over ignorance and hatred. And our goal is to prepare our children to become active members of their communities who raise each other up and work together for the common good.

New York has exceptional educators who show unwavering dedication to their students, and we would like to extend special recognition and gratitude to our educators in Buffalo this week as they help their students navigate and process the unthinkable. Your work is important and unrelenting, and your efforts are nothing short of heroic.
Sincerely,

Betty A. Rosa
Commissioner



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  1. […] 5TownsCentral obtained a statement from the New York State Education Department which said, “In the wake of the heinous mass shooting in Buffalo, the Department is taking numerous steps to explore potential areas of support for students and schools across the state. Such actions include having content experts from the Department, in partnership with NYS educators, review all June 2022 Regents Exams, which have already been printed and packaged for shipment to schools. During that review, our experts determined that there is content on the new Regents Examination in United States History and Government (Framework) that has the potential to compound student trauma caused by the recent violence in Buffalo.” […]

  2. […] 5TownsCentral obtained a statement from the New York State Education Department which said, “In the wake of the heinous mass shooting in Buffalo, the Department is taking numerous steps to explore potential areas of support for students and schools across the state. Such actions include having content experts from the Department, in partnership with NYS educators, review all June 2022 Regents Exams, which have already been printed and packaged for shipment to schools. During that review, our experts determined that there is content on the new Regents Examination in United States History and Government (Framework) that has the potential to compound student trauma caused by the recent violence in Buffalo.” […]

  3. […] 5TownsCentral obtained a statement from the New York State Education Department which said, “In the wake of the heinous mass shooting in Buffalo, the Department is taking numerous steps to explore potential areas of support for students and schools across the state. Such actions include having content experts from the Department, in partnership with NYS educators, review all June 2022 Regents Exams, which have already been printed and packaged for shipment to schools. During that review, our experts determined that there is content on the new Regents Examination in United States History and Government (Framework) that has the potential to compound student trauma caused by the recent violence in Buffalo.” […]

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