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Regents test could be dropped

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Future Georgia college students may not have to take the Regents Test,  that has been required since 1973 for students in public colleges.

The Board of Regents voted to allow the colleges to opt out of the test because new core curriculum requires tracking of student progress that would make the test redundant.

Students take the regents test in their first semester of college to make sure they have basic reading and writing skills. Many say it won't be missed.

Darton College sophomore Beth Michael said  "To come back down here and have to take placement testing again, to get into regular classes. It wasn't too much of a hardship, but it's something I would like to have avoided."

Students who score 510 or above on the S-A-T reading test or 23 on the A-C-T are excused from the Regents test.

In 2008 that was roughly 40-percent of Georgia's entering college freshmen.

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