Student’s snowday burden


Tyler Murphy

So apparently the State of New York forgot to create a weather contingency plan for disturbed Regents schedules.So all the students who began part one of the English exam yesterday or any part one to any part two part exam will have all their efforts wiped clean.Students needing to take any exam must now take them at the state’s leisure in June, when then next batch of standardized testing comes around. This of course is a stupid idea.For one students will be obligated to wait, for a period of months, with a multitude of distractions and obligations in between, before taking the exam again. Of course any compassionate school will offer review classes for their students, which is unfortunately all local school districts can do.This still is wrought with problems because now students will have to choose between several things including sports, other classes they may need help in, employment or even their free time in order to attend them.Even with review classes, I can’t imagine they’d be as good as regular classes would’ve been, obviously. Is it wrong to assume that in piling on these obligations someone who would have barley passed the test in January would have less of a chance in June, or that, as a standard, students would perform marginally poorer given the length of time and volume of distractions?What if a student is relying on their Regents in a less advanced course to place them in a more advanced one? What do they do then for the spring semester?Not that it’s anyone’s fault snow decided to fall in Upstate New York during Regents week, but should it really be the students who end up paying for it? Couldn’t some Albany crystal ball have foreseen the winter season and created a system to adjust to widespread school closures?I know that the state can schedule a make-up test if it so decides, but is under no obligation to do so.Aren’t there enough controversial issues with standardized testing without having to worry about the logistics of an inept bureaucracy?Couldn’t we have some kind of standard procedure to give schools and students a hint of what to expect?