Budget squeeze may imperil state Regents exams

March 6, 2010 9:44:50 AM PST
New York state's cash crunch is putting a squeeze on the Regents exam that has long been at the core of its high school graduation standards. State officials say as many as 13 of 17 such exams could be cut to save costs.

The eliminated exams could include tests for math, social studies and other subjects.

Since the Regents affects the curriculum, paring it down would change high school courses and lower graduation requirements for millions of students.

Regents exams determine whether graduates meet basic academic requirements.

Officials say the cuts could save the cash-strapped state more than $13 million.

Teachers and school administrators are highly critical of the proposal - to be discussed Monday by the state Board of Regents.