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Q12: Why don't Independent Schools Give the Regents Exams?

Because...
They do not believe in High-Stakes Tests!

Here is what the New York State Association of Independent Schools has to say:

...We know that short-term drill, though it may produce a better performance [on standardized subject area tests], does not produce a well-educated citizen. It is the recommendation of The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), as it was in the 1998-99 school year, that independent schools should feel free to stand aside from the... New York State English and math tests as well as the other standardized subject area tests."
--Fred Calder
Executive Director
New York State Association of Independent Schools

Reprinted from:
Issues in Education
Fieldston Newsletter to Parents
May 2000



Visit the web site for
The NY State Association of Independent Schools
for more info on private schools from pre-K through 12th grade.