Newburgh school district auditing administration of Regents exams

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NEWBURGH – In the wake of last week’s disarray and confusion by faculty monitors of the English Language Arts Regents exam and the Living Environment Regent exam, district officials initiated an audit of the administration of those exams and others, Interim Superintendent Ed Forgit told Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus students and families.

In a June 18 memo, he wrote that “Although the audit is continuing, the audit includes ascertaining whether a review of testing accommodations for all eligible students was conducted as required, test administration procedures regarding materials and resources were followed, and student eligibility based on lab hour requirements, to take the Living Environment Regents were following.”

Forgit wrote that in order to be sure of full compliance, the audit will be expanded to include Regents Exams: Algebra 1, Chemistry Global, Earth Science. Algebra II and Physics.

Forgit said when the audit has been completed, parents and students will be contacted and provided with information unique to them. “If for any reason a mis-administration of any test is found, the New York State Education Department will be notified as per test administration procedures,” he wrote.

As a result of the situation, Forgit said an expanded process “to take advantage of this temporary expanded process will provide an opportunity for a greater number of students to receive a passing grade on a Regents exam.”

The interim superintendent said the district “is tacking necessary steps to ensure that accountability for this situation will be addressed in a firm and fair manner. As the investigation concludes, we assure you that the findings will be addressed.”