Principals' reports of Regents examinations

Held by the New York State Archives

Overview of the Records


New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

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Albany, NY 12230

The Board of Regents has been required to administer examinations since 1877. These reports by school principals contain summary information on the number of students examined in each subject and the number of passing grades. Included is a list of students taking the examination giving each one’s name, age, address, and scores in each subject. Only fragmentary reports exist.
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Reports:chronological by year, then alphabetic by name of school.

Names on lists of students:alphabetic by last name.

Administrative History

The Regents were required to establish examinations and academic departments of union schools in 1877. Examination papers were first rated in the schools where the examinations were held and those scoring at least 75% were forwarded with the reports comprising this series to the High School Department (Examination Department until 1898) of the University of the State of New York. There the examination papers were reviewed and the principal's reports apparently were annotated to reflect the results of this review.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of bound reports submitted to the High School Department by principals after the administration of the Regents academic examinations.

Each report contains a summary providing the number of students examined in each subject and the number of passing grades claimed and allowed. Each report also contains a list providing the following information about each student who took the examination: name, age, address, scores in each subject tested, and occasionally a Regents Office Number.

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