Announcement 1/13/22

  • Summary: OHM BOCES has cancelled the January 2022 administration of our Checkpoint B examinations.

    Rationale: On 12/21/22, this memo was distributed by Betty A. Rosa, Commissioner of Education, to School and School District leaders across New York State. Effectively, this document announced the cancellation of regents examinations for the January 2022 administration period. 

    In early January 2022, the New York State Education Department released a document entitled Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Cancellation of the January 2021 New York State (NYS) High School Regents Examinations. Point #12 in this document provides the following guidance regarding the issuance of an exemption for students who intended to take a Checkpoint B examination in January 2022:

    12. In light of the cancellation of the January 2021 Regents Exams, are students intending to take a January 2021 Checkpoint B examination in a Language Other Than English (LOTE) –– also exempted from the associated diploma requirement?

    In order to qualify for an exemption from a January 2021 Checkpoint B LOTE examination, a student must, between September 1, 2020 and the end of the first semester of the 2020- 21 school year, successfully complete a course or a makeup program for the purposes of earning course credit that would ordinarily culminate in the taking of a Checkpoint B LOTE examination. Students may only earn an exemption if the Checkpoint B LOTE examination ordinarily administered to students at the conclusion of the fall semester is not available as a result of the COVID crisis.

    On January 6, OHM BOCES contacted all schools that have ordered Checkpoint examinations from our consortium. The email contained a survey that was used to determine the interest of these schools in administering a Checkpoint B examination in January, provided no exemption was provided to students. Overwhelmingly, responses in this survey indicated that schools preferred to cancel the January administration of the Checkpoint B examination by OHM BOCES. 

    In alignment with the practice of the NYS Education Department on regents examinations, and according to the preference of most of the schools that have ordered the January examinination, OHM BOCES has cancelled the January 2022 administration of our Checkpoint B examinations. 

    Refunds will be issued/applied on a school-by-school basis based the extent of exam materials that have already been delivered. Schools that ordered and received parts of the examinations, but have not yet paid for them, will be sent an adjusted bill for those materials and resources that were received. Each school will receive an email with an update on the charges that are pending or the refund that will be issued.

2021-2022 Examination Updates

  • 2021-2022 Examinations: Orders are now being accepted. Visit our Order Exams page to submit an order for your school.

    Dates for 2021-2022 Examinations announced:




    Administration Date

    January 2022

    Checkpoint B

    French, Italian, and Spanish

    January 26

    in the morning

    June 2022

    Checkpoint A

    ASL, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish

    June 21

    in the morning

    June 2022

    Checkpoint B

    ASL, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish

    June 21

    in the afternoon

    Updated 09/22/2021

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.

    Our experience with Checkpoint Examinations in various World Languages stems from the our Interactive Video Courses (IVC) program. Because of this program, nearly 100 classes per day are taught to students in classrooms around New York State, most of them being either American Sign Language (ASL) or Mandarin Chinese. As the State Education Department never produced Regents examinations for either of these langauges, we were tasked with developing procedures and systems within our organization to produce our own Checkpoint examinations in these languages. Later, when funding for Regents examinations in all World Languages was cut at the State level, schools across New York State were encouraged to work collaboratively with their BOCES to develop regional Checkpoint Examinations. Our prior experience with examination development in American Sign Language and Manadrin Chinese was applied to other languages taught in our region, including French, Italian, and Spanish. 

    All of our item writers are current or former teachers of a World Language in New York State. All item writers receive professional development on a yearly basis to a) remind them of our procedures and expectations and b) to further refine their own abilities to write appropriate and high quality questions.

    All examination items are submitted to our team of exam leaders; all of who are retired teachers whom possess significant experience providing instruction in a World Language, are well-respected by teachers in the field, and are deemed highly-qualified for their positions developing Checkpoint Examinations. The exam leaders review and adapt the submitted items (as needed), build and maintain banks of items for each part of the examination, and compose fair and balanced Checkpoint Examinations that are aligned with the New York State World Languages topics and State standards. Over the years, many of our exam leaders have earned recognition for their achievements in World Languages realm of 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 ACTFL, and presenters at the ACTFL national conference.

    Updated 9/23/2021