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State to scrap Regents exams?

ALBANY - The state Education Department and Board of Regents recently discussed eliminating three quarters of Regents exams for students in New York.

But the New York State School Boards Association says cutting out Regents exams would be shortsighted, and officials say the state could save money by posting the tests online.

The proposal by the Board of Regents would eliminate 13 out of 17 exams: one each in global history, geography, and U.S. history and government; three in science; two in math; and all foreign language exams.

Timothy G. Kremer, executive director of the School Boards Association, doesn't want to see assessments of student performance scrapped to save money.

"By looking at options such as online testing or electronic distribution of testing materials, state officials can decrease the overhead costs of administering these exams without compromising education quality," Kremer said.

A poll conducted by the state School Boards Association shows 63 percent of educators support leaving the Regent's program as it is.

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