Bronx and city kids face higher Regents standards come the fall

Come the fall, Bronx and city kids will have to meet higher standards on state Regents exams.

The New York State Board of Regents approved a plan Tuesday to raise the passing score on Regents exams to 65. Currently, the passing grade is 55.

Next year, freshman must score a 65 or above on at least two of five Regents exams. In 2006, ninth-graders will be required to score 65 or better on three out of five exams, and four out of five in 2007. From 2008 on, students will have to get a 65 or better on all five required Regents exams.

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