2020-2021 Examination Updates

  • January 2021 Exams: Cancelled

    June 2021 Exams: Cancelled

    • Information from NYSED: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/hsgen/2021/faq-june-august-2021-assessments.pdf
    • Excerpts relevant to the 4+1 Pathways-approved World Languages Checkpoint A and B Examinations of OHM BOCES:
      • 20. Can students earn diploma credit in Languages Other Than English (LOTE)/World Languages prior to grade 9 without successfully passing a locally developed Checkpoint A exam?
        If the student has met the learning standards assessed in a course (passed the course) leading to the Checkpoint A LOTE/World Languages exam, the district may waive the examination requirement and grant the student their first unit of diploma credit in LOTE/World Languages.

        Please note: the suggested time slots for the locally-developed World Language Checkpoint A and B Exams are included on the June 2021 Regents Exam schedule because districts may still choose to administer these exams to their students. It is a local decision whether or not these assessments should be canceled.

      • 21.Can exemptions to +1 Pathway Assessments be granted?
        Yes. Any student preparing to take a +1 Pathway Assessment in June 2021 or August 2021 may be granted an exemption to such assessment for the purposes of meeting diploma requirements. In order to qualify for the exemption to the graduation assessment requirement, students must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
        • Currently enrolled in the course of study leading to the +1 Pathway assessment and earn credit in such course of study by the end of the 2020-21 school year;
        • Previously enrolled in the course of study leading to the +1 Pathway, achieved the applicable course credit, and has not yet passed the associated +1 Pathway assessment, but intended to take the test in spring or summer 2021 to achieve a passing score;
        • Currently or previously identified as an English Language Learner (ELL), including provisionally identified ELLs, and Multilingual Learners (including heritage language speakers) whose home language is one of the languages tested by the NYSEDapproved LOTE/World Languages +1 Pathway Assessments (Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, or Spanish), or a student deemed qualified by the principal in consultation with relevant faculty, and was intended to take the LOTE/World Languages +1 Assessment in Spring or Summer 2021 to achieve a passing score; or
        • Deemed qualified by the principal in consultation with relevant faculty in the use of American Sign Language (ASL) and intended to take the LOTE/World Languages +1 Pathway Assessment in ASL in Spring or Summer 2021 to achieve a passing score.

      • 38. Are students intending to take a Checkpoint B examination in a Language Other than English (LOTE)/World Languages exempted from the associated diploma requirement?
        Yes. Students who earn credit in a course that would ordinarily culminate in the taking of a Checkpoint B LOTE/World Languages exam and intended to take such exam in June or August 2021 may be exempted from the associated diploma requirement.

        Please note: the suggested time slots for the locally-developed World Language Checkpoint A and B Exams are included on the June 2021 Regents Exam schedule because districts may still choose to administer these exams to their students. It is a local decision whether or not these assessments should be canceled.

      • 42. Can a district exempt a student from the locally developed Checkpoint B Languages Other Than English (LOTE)/World Languages examination in order for students to meet the requirements for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation?
        A district may exempt a student from the locally developed Checkpoint B examination to meet the requirements for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation if the student earns at least 3 diploma credits in the LOTE/World Languages subject by August 2021.

     

    2021-2022 Examinations: Orders may be submitted starting in September 2021

     

    Updated 3/23/2021

Our Background in World Languages

  • The New York State BOCES system is a collection of public organizations that were created by the New York State Legislature in 1948 to provide shared educational programs and services to school districts.

    World Languages logo for Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES

    At Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, we strive to provide innovative leadership, programs, and services in response to the emerging education needs of our school districts. In the field of World Languages, our BOCES has brought together teachers from our region for over twenty years to articulate needs within the field of World Languages and to collaboratively share best practices with each other via regional World Language Network meetings.

    In 2006, we received a Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant for the development of a Chinese Language and Culture Initiative (CLACI) that was offered via distance learning. Based on the success of this initiative, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES was proud to be one of only twelve recipients across the United States that were awarded a second FLAP grant in 2010. The Asia Society named our program one of their 100 nationally recognized Confucius Classrooms. The recognition that our CLACI earned has spurred further growth in other distance learning programs. We have been in the forefront of Distance Learning and World Languages programs in New York State by providing school districts with the opportunity to offer courses and checkpoint exams in American Sign Language, Chinese, and Social Studies sequential and elective courses via Distance Learning. To learn more about our Distance Learning program, please click here.

    Over the years, many of our exam-leaders have earned recognition for their achievements in the field of World Languages education, including roles as items writers for the former Proficiency and Regents Examinations in LOTE, College Board consultant, Advanced Placement question and table leader, adjunct college professors, department chairpersons, item writers and scorers for Pearson© testing services, members and leaders of NYSAFLT, members of ACTF,L and presenters at the ACTFL national conference.