Regents exam requirements on rollercoaster ride for Bronx students

To raise or to lower; that is the question New York State Education officials pondered in regards to the statewide Math B regents exam.

Math B is the second part of the state?s three-year math curriculum required of high school students. Until Friday, Bronx teachers were complaining many students would fail the exam because the standards had been raised.

Last June students needed a raw score of 45 out of a possible 88 points to pass. This month the state initially increased the required amount to 53 out of 88 points. However, teachers? voices were heard and the state lowered it to 48 points.

Students entering high school in 2005 must score at least 65 or higher on at least two of the five regents exams. For those entering in 2006, the standards will be raised yet again, requiring a 65 on three of the regents exams.

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