CHEERS to those parents and teachers who try so hard to make Regents time as relaxing and successful as possible for nervous or underachieving takers of the sometimes dreaded exams. Regents time just ended, and many of the high-school students in New York have been dealing with the stresses and indelible marks on their records that accompany taking the statewide tests. For generations, New York high-schoolers have been exposed to this pressure, which curiously settles only on them. Students in other states don’t take Regents exams. In fact, New Yorkers who go to college in other states are sometimes left to wonder why they even had to take the tests as other states don’t reward or punish students for Regents results. This is not to say there is no purpose served by this batch of standardized exams. It undoubtedly fulfills some kind of educational rating system to know how this student on Long Island fared vis a vis that student in Buffalo. The tests surely guarantee that key information isn’t neglected from the curriculum. Teachers are far more opposed to the national standardized tests that have been put in place for grades high school and below that have redefined coursework and how it’s taught on a daily basis. But, back to the Regents: While students unquestionably feel anxieties about their exams, we know many compassionate teachers and encouraging parents were there to help with the academic preparations and with the emotional approach to this important phase of education. For some students, this is more critical than for others — some just don’t do as well on tests as their capabilities would indicate. So, for all of those teachers and parents, thanks for your concern. Let’s hope all of the kids performed to the very top of their potential.
Saranac Lake to honor Australian soldier on ANZAC Day
Public ceremony, private hike will pay tribute to Capt. Paul McKay, who died on Scarface Mountain.
Saranac Central proposes minimal cuts
District's 2014-15 budget would eliminate two substitute teaching positions and comes in below the school's tax-levy limit.
Study: Essex County losing residents
New report says population is aging but better educated.
Franklin County lawmakers resent cost of election techs
One Franklin County election commissioner has cut her staff's time and the other has left her voting-machine technician at full-time.
PSU Relay for Life raises more than $35,000
Overnight fundraiser involves more than 1,000 participants at SUNY Plattsburgh Field House.
Lookback: Week of April 21 to 27
A look back at local history from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.
Of Interest: April 20,2014
Take a look at brief news of note around the North Country.
- Lookback: Jan. 14-20 A lookback at local news from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.
Police Log: April 21, 2014
Fire damages Jay home; North Bangor woman hurt in car-tractor accident; Ausable Forks man arrested on criminal contempt charge.
Police Log: Feb. 10, 2014 — Personal-injury accident
Two people injured in two-car accident.
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