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More NY Students Pass Re-Scored Physics Regents Exam

By Associated Press

Albany, NY – The state on Friday released its new scoring of the disputed June Regents exam in physics as well as revisions in the test's 2002 versions, instantly passing thousands more students.

In June, almost half of students who took the state's new elective physics exam failed. The result, after two years of simmering criticism, was outrage by teachers and parents who said the test taken by about 45,000 students a year was too difficult and unfair.

Students needed the state to score the test again so they could determine whether to retake the test on Jan. 28.

In June under the initial grading, about 53 percent of test-takers passed. Under the new grading, more than 80 percent will pass. Under the new grading, 26 percent will pass with distinction (at a score of 85 percent or better) compared to less than 12 percent in June.

Schools are required to record the new scores on student records, but schools have discretion in whether to apply these scores for previous transcripts, final course grades and class ranks. For students who took the re-scored tests and graduated in 2002 and 2003, schools may record the revised test scores as pass or fail.