Office of State Assessment

The Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core)

Students in classAbout the Exam

The Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Common Core) is designed to measure students’ achievement of the Grade 11-12 Band Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) for English Language Arts (ELA). The CCLS for English Language Arts make up a broad set of literacy expectations for students and define literacy through an integrated model in which Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language operate in tandem to enable students to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and communicate complex information.

What You Need to Know About the Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Common Core)

The following resources provide critical information to educators who are teaching courses that culminate in students taking the Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Common Core).

How the Exam is Designed

New York State high school Regents Exams are developed by the State Education Department in collaboration with New York State high school content certified educators. The input of educators in all phases ensures that the diversity of New York State students is represented in the test development process. The educator input process also means that the tests are designed with an understanding of students' CCLS instructional experience. New York State assesses 11th grade students in order to ensure they will graduate with knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and their careers.

The design of the Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Common Core) includes criteria documents, guidelines, and forms that can be used in various instructional capacities. Details of the potential instructional use for these documents can be found at the links below.

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Spring 2014 ELA Regents Examination Resources (including annotated questions)

Use the link below to access the questions used on the Spring 2014 Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core), which have been annotated to display the kinds of analysis students are required to do in this new exam. In addition to the annotated questions, you will also find the released Spring 2014 exam booklet, scoring key and rating guide, and conversion chart.

Sample Questions

Sample questions released prior to the Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Common Core) are provided in this document to model ways classroom instruction might be shaped to ensure students meet the demands of the CCLS in English Language Arts.

Last Updated: September 15, 2022