Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This Monday, October 20, the New York State Board of Regents recently approved new regulations for high school graduation requirements that hope to create “career pathways” and increase graduation rates, as they immerse students in their educational process.
In order to graduate, students must pass five Regents exams in English, science, math, U.S. History and Global Studies, and Geography. The new regulations now allow a “4+1” option where students can take four of the Regents exams and a “comparably rigorous technical, arts, or other assessment” as the last exam.
While it is encouraging that the arts has been included as a career pathway, I am concerned that the exam’s assessment will be flimsy as the struggle for standards for arts education and evaluation is still underway. This opinion is based solely on the information provided by the article at this time; there could be more going into the assessment than I perceive. Here’s the info:
The regulations create graduation pathways in the Humanities, STEM, Biliteracy, CTE, and the Arts; students pursuing any of these pathways must pass one of the following assessments in place of the fifth assessment currently required for graduation:
-One additional social studies Regents exam or Department-approved alternative (Humanities Pathway); or
-One additional Regents exam in a different course in mathematics or science or a Department-approved alternative (STEM Pathway); or
-A pathway assessment in a Language Other Than English (LOTE) approved by the Commissioner (which could include a Biliteracy Pathway); or
-A career and technical education pathway assessment approved by the Commissioner, following successful completion of an approved CTE program (CTE Pathway); or
-An arts pathway assessment approved by the Commissioner (Arts Pathway)
Seem a little vague? Again, I love the fact that the New York Regents are identifying the arts as a viable career option, but I hope that this does not devalue the subject which could be seen as an easy pass by students if the assessment isn’t strong.