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Regents' Test no longer needed at CSU

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton State University officials recently announced that the University System of Georgia has decided that students at the Morrow-based institution no longer have to prove they can read or write, by passing the state's Regents' Test.

The university system has granted Clayton State a permanent exemption from the test, said university spokesman, John Shiffert, on Monday.

The Regents Test, which was established in the 1970's, is an exam administered to students during their first semester of college, to access how competent they are in the areas of reading and writing. Students who do not pass the test, have to re-take it every semester until they pass.

The minimum passing score on the reading section is 61, while the passing score on the essay section is a 2, according to the university system's academic handbook.

In January, the state's Board of Regents approved the allowance of waivers from the test, for schools that have an acceptable learning assessment program in place, according to a university system news release.

"The reviewers noted that Clayton State University has a consistent track record of student success in past Regents' Test performance," according to a written statement from the university. The statement added that reviewers also noted "that the University has instituted an effective assessment plan which will ensure that students achieve mastery of specified Communications learning outcomes."

In addition to Clayton State, several others have gained exemptions since the spring of this year, including: The University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Columbus State University, Georgia College, Gordon College, and Georgia Highlands College.

Now that Clayton State is exempt from administering the Regents' Test, the university has announced it has canceled all remedial courses scheduled to be offered during the spring 2011 semester.