Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

On July 27, 1864, during the Civil War, the New York State Legislature passed an ordinance creating the Regents examination system. This ordinance included the following provisions for assessment of students: "At the close of each academic term, a public examination shall be held of all scholars presumed to have completed preliminary studies. . . .To each scholar who sustains such examination, a certificate shall entitle the person holding it to admission into the academic class in any academy subject to the visitation of the Regents, without further examination.”

The first Regents examinations were administered in November 1866. In 1878, the Regents examination system was expanded to assess the curricula taught in the secondary schools of New York. From the original five exams (Algebra, Latin, American History, natural philosophy, natural geography), the State Education Department expanded the Regents Exams offerings to forty-two tests in 1879; tests were administered in November, February, and June. Throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s vocational education Regents Exams were approved and administered. By 1970 the number and types of Regents Exams changed to reflect the changes in high school curriculum: vocational exams were discontinued, and the sheer number of exams were either dropped or consolidated as the curricular emphasis trended toward comprehensive examinations rather than the singularly focused tests of the past. Today there is a distinct mixture of comprehensive style exams (English Language Arts, and Foreign Languages) and the “older” singular style exams (Social Studies, Sciences, and Math).

The New York State Regents examinations today are the culminating assessment based on the New York State Standards and are required for graduation from New York State Public Schools. Nonpublic schools in New York State are not required to follow the New York State Standards or to give the New York State Regents. The Diocese of Ogdensburg has made the decision to participate in the New York State Standards program as a minimum program for its schools. The State Standards are complemented by Diocesan Curricula and expectations as well as local school program development.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg has two Junior-Senior High Schools. Immaculate Heart Central is located in Watertown, New York and Seton Catholic is located in Plattsburgh, New York. Both schools have a proud Catholic heritage and a history of proven academic excellence leading to successful college and career ready graduates. The chart below gives the passing rates of students in the Diocesan High Schools taking the New York Regents in June, 2012, the most recent completed academic year. The passing rates of the general education students in the two public city systems where they are located are provided as well.


Regents Exam

Diocesan High Schools

Plattsburgh City

Watertown City

Integrated Algebra

95%

88%

76%

Geometry

91%

89%

86%

Algebra 2/Trigonometry

66%

54%

63%

English

96%

89%

93%

Global History and Geography

96%

86%

86%

U.S. History and Government

98%

99%

86%

Physical Setting: Chemistry

86%

67%

68%

Physical Setting: Physics

81%

87%

86%

Physical Setting: Earth Science

93%

78%

82%

Living Environment

100%

98%

92%

Comprehensive French

*

*

*

Comprehensive Spanish

*

*

*

Comprehensive Latin

*

not offered

not offered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* - Taught but New York State no longer gives a Regents Exam