The educational establishment, the private sector, many politicians and almost all the editorial pages have confused high standards (good) with high-stakes testing (often bad), which will have terrible consequences for many of our high school seniors, especially for recent immigrants and those pursuing vocational careers.
The New York Board of Regents was urged to revisit the ‘one-size-fits-all’ high-stakes-testing-in-five-subjects rule for English Language Learners and students in vocational programs, and I am fully supportive of two key and related bills:
English Language Learners (ELL)
One bill, sponsored by one of the Assemblymen and already approved by the Education Committee, would waive the requirement of passing the English language arts Regents examination for ELLs in order for them to be awarded their high school diploma. This legislation would create a structure for ELLs who fulfill all other requirements for a local high school diploma and who, in addition, pass a Regents competency exam in their native language plus an English proficiency exam, to get their diplomas and move on.