State Board of Regents mulls new writing requirement for high school students

The New York Board of Regents is considering a new policy that would require all students to write a research paper on top oftheir mandated exams.

The New York Board of Regents is considering a new policy that would require all students to write a research paper on top oftheir mandated exams. (9/16/13)

CENTEREACH - Students across the state may soon face a demanding new writing assignment in order to graduate high school.

The New York Board of Regents is considering a new policy that would require all students to write a research paper on top of their mandated exams.

The state says the paper would be a text-based essay that addresses a significant topic, problem or issue of the student's choosing. The essays would be at least 1,250 words and would be required of all students entering ninth grade in 2014.

Some school administrators on the Island say the plan comes as a surprise because they say they haven't been asked for their input. The superintendent of Middle Country School District says it's frustrating because it will add more pressure to teachers and students.

The Board of Regents says it has met with several high school teachers and administrators, as well as state university officials to discuss the plan. The new requirement is on the board's agenda for its meeting this week.

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