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NYS Regents Exams begin soon, and for a specific group of students who have two Regents Exams in one day, a new regulation may ease the testing burden.

Students who are classified as English Language Learners (ELL) or Multilingual Learners (MLL) and who have been granted the accommodation of extended time now have the option to request a new accommodation: Next-Day Completion.

Regents Exams are typically scheduled for all students statewide to test for specific areas on specific dates and times. Two exams per day are scheduled, typically for a three-hour block with a one-hour break in between the exams.

Before 2019, a student who had been granted extended time to complete exams and had two exams on the same day could spend up to four hours taking their first exam and then had to proceed immediately to their second test, which could take another four hours to complete.

The new regulation addresses the concern that ELL and MLL students with extended time accommodation are spending an excessive amount of time testing on a single day.

According to the new NYSED guidance:

If the Next-Day Completion is approved by the school principal, the student must complete the entire morning examination and at least the first part (Part 1 or Part A) of the afternoon examination (the second scheduled Regents Examination) on the date the Department scheduled the administration of those Regents Examinations. The student must then complete the remainder of the afternoon examination on the next school day.

The principal and the student and/or family will have forms to complete and submit to the Office of State Assessment (OSA). The forms must be postmarked no later than the day before the administration of the affected Regents Exams.

Families of current or former ELL/MLL students can contact their school principal to request the Next-Day Completion accommodation.

School staff who have questions about the Next-Day Completion accommodation should contact OSA at 518-474-8220.

Link to the NYSED memorandum - http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/next-day-completion-accommodation.pdf