2006_11_tests.jpgThere's Regents Exams nuttiness all over the city. In NY State, students are required to take Regents Exams in order to graduate, and with city public school graduation rates under so much scrutiny, it's no wonder schools panic.

In Staten Island, administrators are accused of changing exams grades at Susan E. Wagner High School. The NY Times reports that 17 science teachers told the union of their suspicions: That an assistant principal and other untenured teachers changed grades at the end of the last school year. The Department of Education is investigating the matter and only said that it was "looking into 'scoring irregularities' on English, social studies, and science exams," according to the NY Times. However, it's unclear why the teachers were making noise about this now.

And at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, Principal Jolanta Rohloff sent out a confusing pie chart to explain how grades would be calculated. According to the Daily News, Rohloff had taken 10-15 points off the final grades of students who did not pass last year's Regents exams - a decision that was reversed by the Department of Education.

Rohloff subsequently put together a committee of teachers and students to revise the grading policy. The pie chart sent out Monday explained that under the new system Regents exams would count 25% toward final grades, homework for 10% to 20%, exams for 60% to 75% and classwork for 10% to 20%.

Add it up and the range would be 105% to 140%.

Ouch. Rohloff is a magnet for controversy, as she has been accused of bribing teachers to clean up and decorate their classrooms and withholding textbooks from students to "minimize the loss of funds from unreturned books." Rohloff says 4,000 textbooks are missing each year, so now her M.O. is to only allow students who do return textbooks to receive current textbooks and participate in various school activities.

You can see old Regents exams here. And in a nod to the fourth grade reading tests, test maker McGraw Hill made a typo, mentioning a part of the English exam as "mathematics content," sending parents into a lather once again.