Dear LaGuardia Arts Community,
Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been the health and well-being of our community. At LaGuardia, we have made many adjustments to our practice based on the needs of our families and what is best for students. We thank our faculty and staff for their thoughtful revision of instructional curriculum, ensuring that despite the necessary reduction in course content coverage, all of our students have access to the rigorous coursework to prepare them for success this year and beyond. We appreciate our community’s commitment to engaging learning experiences during this difficult time.
This communication covers the most current adjustments to standardized examinations as a result of the pandemic.
January 2021 Regents Examinations Cancellation
New York State has determined that the January 2021 Regents Exams cannot be safely, equitably, and fairly administered. All LaGuardia students enrolled in a Regents course during the Fall Term of 2020-2021, and receive passing numeric grades for both Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of the course, will receive a waiver for the corresponding Regents exam. The waiver represents a passing exam that fulfills graduation requirements. For any diploma designations that require averaging exam scores, the waived exam will not be included in the average. Students are NOT expected to take the waived Regents exam(s) when offered in a future administration.
January 2021 Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Examinations Cancellation
New York City has similarly determined that the January 2021 Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Exams cannot be safely, equitably, and fairly administered. The waiver guidance is the same as described above for Regents exams.
2020-2021 Arts Commencement Examinations Change
New York City has similarly considered safety, equity, and fairness and decided to remove the written component of the Arts Commencement Examination to fulfill requirements for the Chancellor’s Endorsement in the Arts. The three-part Arts Commencement Examination is now adapted into a two-part assessment that includes a performance-based task and a reflective essay. The specifics of the task and essay, and timeline for submission, differ for Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. All 12th grade students are required to complete the task and essay; more information will be shared with 12th grade families by their arts studio as further details become available.
March 2021 SAT/PSAT Uncertain
At this time, we are awaiting guidance from the DOE, but would like to provide you with historical information. In a typically school year, by today New York City would have registered students for the annual SAT Day. The exam administration has not being confirmed as of today, and all recent SAT/PSAT administrations planned at DOE testing sites have been cancelled. Many colleges and universities are test-optional, test-flexible, have deemphasized, or have eliminated consideration of the SAT in the admissions process. Students are NOT required to take the SAT.
May 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations Contingency
At this time, we are awaiting guidance from the DOE, but we would like to provide you with the most current information College Board announced at the end of 2020: If schools are closed or coronavirus-related risks prevent a student from testing at schools, schools can authorize a full-length digital contingency exam to be taken at home. The CollegeBoard states that more information will be available in early 2021. Many colleges and universities do not accept AP examination scores. Students are NOT required to take the AP Exam(s), which cost $86 per examination.
Mandatory AP Information Family Sessions will be held the week of January 18 for all students enrolled in AP Courses who are interested in taking one or more AP Exams. Further AP Exam updates and LaGuardia AP Exam Review Information will be shared at these sessions. Dates/Times TBA.
Reminder: Make Use of Academic Support Centers
The Academic Support Centers provide additional real-time opportunities for students to engage in learning with teachers and/or students in science, writing, and world languages. Students must be logged into their LaGuardiahs.org Google Account to join the Language Lab, Science Lab Center, or Writing Lab. More information about the Academic Support Centers by going to our website www.laguardiahs.org >> MY LAGUARDIA >>Academics >> Academic Support Centers.
Reminder: Stop by Principal’s Virtual Office
I host a Principal’s Virtual Office at three different times on the second Monday of each month. The next date is Monday, January 11, 2021:
Working Breakfast (7:30am-8:30pm)
Working Lunch (12pm-1pm)
Working Dinner (7:30pm-8:30pm)
Enter my Virtual Office during one of the three times
Reminder: Let’s Talk College
Every Wednesday evening I join Assistant Principal of Guidance Ms. Shelliann Williams in Let’s Talk College at 7pm. Again, join us and stay as long as you like for this Q&A Discussion about all things college.