Passing grade on Regents test will remain at 55 for students

Students in the Bronx are getting a pass of sorts from the state. The Board of Regents has decided to keep the passing score on Regents exams at 55 for the next three years. The plan is to give students in the Bronx and across the state more time to sharpen their skills. The schools chancellor praised the decision, calling it sensible and appropriate. The board is also revising the math test that so many Bronx students failed in June. An independent committee of university, school and industry math experts appointed by the board dissected the test and found instruction and test questions weren't aligned with standards as well as unprepared and poorly informed teachers. The test will now cover material learned in one year instead of a year and a half. State Education Commissioner Richard Mills says the changes aren't a retreat on standardized tests or raising academic standards. The board will also direct colleges and schools to adjust their teacher training methods to give them specific mastery of the subjects they teach.

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