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English Language Arts (Common Core) Regents



What is the English Language Arts (Common Core) Regents?

The new Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Common Core) was first administered in June and August 2014. The old Regents Comprehensive Exam in English, the format in use since 2011, will also be administered until 2016.

  • All students first entering Grade 9 in the 2013?14 school year or thereafter must be provided with a high school English course of study aligned to the CCSS and pass the new Regents Exam in ELA (Common Core) to meet graduation requirements.
  • All students who first entered Grade 9 prior to the 2013?14 school year may meet the requirements for graduation by enrolling in Common Core English courses and passing the new Regents Exam in ELA (Common Core) or enrolling in English courses aligned to the 2005 Learning Standards and passing the old Regents Comprehensive Exam in English while that exam is still being offered.

How Is The New Common Core Exam Different From the Old Regents Comprehensive Examination in English?

  • Listening standards are no longer assessed on the Common Core exam.
  • There is a greater emphasis on informational texts in the new standards and on the exam.
  • The writing tasks require students to base responses on and to cite specific evidence from the texts.
  • Many of the texts for close reading may be greater in length and complexity than those on previous exams.

How and When Is The Exam Given?

The English Regents exam is administered in one three-hour session. It is offered in January, June, and August of each year. Students may take the exam more than once if needed to meet the graduation requirement.
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This part of the exam requires close reading of two to three texts and will contain at least one literature and one informational text, followed by 24 multiple choice questions.
This part of the exam includes close reading of two to five texts, with an emphasis on informational texts and may contain graphics or one literature text. Students will compose an essay of argument with a claim based on the sources.
Students will perform a close reading of one informational or literary text and write a two to three paragraph response that identifies a central idea in the text and analyzes how the author?s use of one writing strategy develops that central idea.

How Is The New Regents ELA (Common Core) Exam Scored?


Each of the three parts of the Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) has a number of raw score credits associated with the questions/tasks within that part. In order to ensure an appropriate distribution of credits across the test, each part is weighted.

For Part 1, each multiple-choice question is worth one point. The Part 2 essay is scored on a 6-point rubric then weighted X 4. The Part 3 Text Analysis is scored on a 4-point rubric and then weighted X 2.

As you can see, the Part 2 Argument Essay is the most heavily weighted section.

The table below shows the raw score credits, weighting factor, and weighted score credits for each part of the test. This information will be used to determine each student?s scale score (final exam score) through the use of a conversion chart provided by NYSED


Maximum Raw Score Credits

Weighting Factor

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Total 56


Parts 2 and 3 of the Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) will be scored using new holistic rubrics. Part 2 will be scored using a 6-credit rubric, and Part 3 will be scored using a 4-credit rubric. Both rubrics reflect the new demands called for by the Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy through the end of Grade 11.

What are the Four Qualities in the Rubrics?
Content and Analysis: The extent to which the response convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately in order to respond to the task and support an analysis of the text.
Command of Evidence The extent to which ithe response presents evidence from the provided text to support analysis.
Coherence, Organization, and Style The extent to which the response logically organizes complex ideas, concepts, and information using formal style and precise language.
Control of Conventions The extent to which the response demonstrates command of conventions of standard English grammar, usage, capitalization, puncuation, and spelling.

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