High school students prep for new Common Core Regents exams

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New York State Regents exams are around the corner for high schoolers. Passing scores in five subjects are required to graduate from high school.

State Regents exams for Algebra 2/Trigonometry, for example, will happen June 1 – with Common Core. Later in June, the same test will be offered without Common Core. This is the last year for that.

News 8 caught up with a student getting ready to take the exams, and found out how she’s preparing.

For high school freshman Kate Maguire, New York State Regents exams are coming up.

But it’s trickier for her than it has been for many kids in years past. Almost all of Maguire’s exams will involve Common Core.

School officials say students in certain classes, like ones taking Algebra 2/Trigonometry, will have the option this year to take the non-Common Core test on June 17 – after the required Common Core test June 1. The state will take the best score out of the two.

The executive director of Sylvan Learning Center, Carol Steron, says they have a bootcamp set up on Sundays for students getting ready to take the exam.

“This is definitely the busiest time of year,” said Steron. “There are about forty students taking every from math to science to history.”

Regents exam are required in the state of New York to graduate. Students can keep taking these tests as many times as they need to. But they need to have a 65 on each test by graduation in five subjects – English, math, science, global history, and U.S. history and government.

Maguire’s mom, Shelly, says her concern with Common Core on the tests is simple – teachers are learning it along with the students.

“The children feel because the teachers express that it’s all new to them as well, so they get anxious because the teachers are anxious as well,” said Shelly Maguire.

According to officials, the global history exam is the only one that will have nothing to do with Common Core. The English exam this year will be offered two ways: non-Common Core and Common Core. Next year, it will be taken with just the Common Core formula.

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