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Important Changes to Global History Regents Exam

By Dennis Urban on Wednesday, October, 4th, 2017 in global.
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Here’s some important information we received about changes to the Global History and Geography Regents next year. Going forward, our Global Regents review classes will reflect these changes. The January 2018 Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grades 9 & 10) will be in the current format In June 2018, the only Regents Examination […]


Here’s some important information we received about changes to the Global History and Geography Regents next year. Going forward, our Global Regents review classes will reflect these changes.

  • The January 2018 Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grades 9 & 10) will be in the current format
  • In June 2018, the only Regents Examination in Global History and Geography will be the Transition Exam (Grade 10). The date for the administration is June 5, 2018. No other Regents Examination in Global History and Geography will be offered in June 2018. The June schedule for Regents Examinations can be found online at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2018/504hs-june2018.pdf.
  • The June 2018 Transition exam will be based on the Social Studies Resource Guide and Core Curriculum (1998) and on the NYS Learning Standards (1996) for Social Studies found online at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssrg.html.  Some information from the November 2016 memo is provided below:

    Question: What will the June 2018 Transition Regents Examination in Global History and Geography measure?                                                                                      Answer: The Transition Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grade 10) will be based on one year of study, the NYS Learning Standards for Social Studies (1996), and the skills and content for Grade 10 found in the Social Studies Resource Guide and Core Curriculum (1998) in Units 5–8 (pages 105–120). Skills-based questions from the Methodology unit (pages 92–93) may also be included in this examination if the content of the questions relates to Units 5–8. The essays will be based on the themes on page 89 and topics in Units 5–8. This includes human and physical geography.       Please note that Unit 5 (1750-1914)includes: The Scientific Revolution (Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Descartes);  The Enlightenment (Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu);  Independence Movements in Latin America and the post-independence period; Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions in Europe and other parts of the world; Meiji Restoration; and Imperialism

NOTE: Themes and concepts are defined on pages 8–11 and skills are presented on pages 12–18.

  • The Transition Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grade 10) will have the same three parts as the current Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grades 9 & 10) except that Part I will contain 30 multiple-choice questions rather than 50. Part II will contain one thematic essay question. Part III A will contain open-ended questions based on several documents, and Part III B will contain one essay question based on the documents and the student’s knowledge of specific social studies content. The 30 multiple-choice questions will be weighted so as to account for approximately 55% of the student’s final score, similar to the 50 multiple-choice questions on the current Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grades 9 & 10).

  • A test specification grid for the Transition Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grade 10) is available online at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ss/hs/ghg-transitionspecificationgrid.pdf.

  • The current Regents exams in Global History and Geography can be used to help students prepare for the Transition Regents Examination in Global History and Geography. Teachers and students may look at the first few questions on the current exams as they relate to the unit on methodology. Questions from Units 5–8 usually begin around question 18, 19, or 20 on the current examinations—Scientific Revolution, French Revolution, imperialism, etc. The cross-topical questions at the end of each exam relate to material across or between units. Only those questions that relate to Units 5–8 will be on the Transition Regents Exam. When using previously administered exams for practice essays, look at thematic topics and DBQ topics that are part of the grade 10 curriculum. Previously administered Regents Examination in Global History and Geography can be found online at: http://www.nysedregents.org/GlobalHistoryGeography.

  • The June 2018 exam will not be based on the NYS K–12 Social Studies Framework, but will be based on the Social Studies Resource Guide and Core Curriculum (1998) and on the NYS Learning Standards (1996).

Please check the links listed above for more information regarding the upcoming changes in Global History and Geography.

January 2015 Regents Exam Schedule

By Dennis Urban on Wednesday, January, 14th, 2015 in common core, earth science, geometry, global, integrated algebra, january regents exams, living environment, NYS Regents, NYS Regents Exams, physics, regents, regents schedule, us history.
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Below is the schedule for the January 2015 Regents Exams. Good luck! Monday, January 26 – 9:15 a.m. Living Environment English Language Arts (Common Core) RCT in Global Studies Monday, January 26 – 1:15 p.m. Comprehensive English Algebra I (Common Core) Physical Setting/Physics Tuesday, January 27 – 9:15 a.m. Regents in Global History and Geography […]


Below is the schedule for the January 2015 Regents Exams. Good luck!

Monday, January 26 – 9:15 a.m.

Living Environment
English Language Arts (Common Core)
RCT in Global Studies

Monday, January 26 – 1:15 p.m.

Comprehensive English
Algebra I (Common Core)
Physical Setting/Physics

Tuesday, January 27 – 9:15 a.m.

Regents in Global History and Geography
RCT in Writing

Tuesday, January 27 – 1:15 p.m.

Integrated Algebra
RCT in Mathematics

Wednesday, January 28 – 9:15 a.m.

RE in U.S. History and Government
Geometry
RCT in Science

Wednesday, January 28 – 1:15 p.m.

Physical Setting/Earth Science
Physical Setting/Chemistry
RCT in Reading

Thursday, January 29 – 9:15 a.m.

Algebra 2/Trigonometry
RCT in United States History and Government

Social Studies and the Promise of Citizenship Education

By sbofill on Monday, May, 21st, 2012 in global, NYS Regents Exams, Regents Review, social studies, socialstudies, us history.
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According to the National Council for Social Studies, the main purpose of social studies education is to provide students with the “content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy.”  In general, it is the goal of public education to prepare students to live in our democratic […]


According to the National Council for Social Studies, the main purpose of social studies education is to provide students with the “content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy.”  In general, it is the goal of public education to prepare students to live in our democratic society, but it is specifically the province of social studies education to provide students with the skills and knowledge to participate fully in all levels of society, from local to global.  Given the importance of social studies, it seems surprising that the New York State Board of Regents is thinking about making the Global History and Geography Regents exam optional. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, NYS Education Commissioner John King said, “There’s certainly going to be a lot of jobs in the future in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and this new pathway will encourage districts and schools to create additional opportunities for their students to pursue those areas.”  While this might be true, King and the Board of Regents fail to realize the importance of learning and understanding global events in our increasingly interconnected world.

Currently, New York State requires students to pass two social studies Regents exams, one on Global History and Geography and another on United States History and Government.  Despite their flaws, namely the reductionist nature of requiring students to demonstrate their knowledge of complex national and international issues through series of multiple choice questions and short essays, these social studies exams require schools to focus on citizenship education, without which students would be ill-prepared to participate fully and competently in a democratic society.

The Global History and Geography Regents exam, a three-hour test, includes fifty multiple-choice questions and two essays, one thematic essay question and document-based essay question (DBQ).  This exam, usually taken in 10th grade, assesses students on two years of global history content and includes the following topics: The Ancient World (Ancient Civilizations of Asia, Africa and Europe); Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter (from the Gupta Empire to the Crusades); Global Interaction (the interaction of the Japanese, Mongol and African Civilizations, and the Renaissance); The First Global Age (the Ming, Ottoman, Spanish, Portuguese and Mesoamerican empires); Age of Revolution (the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, political revolution, nationalism, industrialism and imperialism); Crisis and Achievement  (World War I, the Russian Revolution, rise of dictatorships in Europe, the rise of nationalism in Asia and the Middle East, and how World War II affected the world); 20th Century Since 1945; and Global Connections and Interactions (overpopulation, urbanization, globalization, ethnic rivalry and other economic and political issues).
The United States History and Government Regents exam is the same length and format as the Global Regents exam, but it is typically taken at the end of 11th grade.  The U.S. history course and exam include the following content: Colonial America, Constitutional Foundations, the Bill of Rights, basic democratic structure and constitutional principles, federalism, sectionalism, slavery, the Age of Jackson, antebellum reform movements (e.g., Abolitionism), the Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialization, the New South, the Rise of Industry, Business and Labor, urbanization, Social Darwinism, arts and literature, the changing patterns of immigration, the Last Frontier, Agrarian Protest, the Progressive Movement, Women’s Suffrage, imperialism, World War I, the 1920s and return to “normalcy,” the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, postwar America, Civil Rights, Kennedy’s New Frontier, Johnson’s Great Society, the Vietnam War, Nixon, Reagan and the Conservative Ascendancy, and a study of 21st Century domestic issues, foreign policy, economic and political issues.
As social studies teachers, we understand the importance of this subject and hope that the NYS Board of Regents will decide to keep both exams mandatory for graduation to ensure that students continue to learn the skills and content associated with citizenship education.  Additionally, regardless of the Board’s decision, we will continue to offer review classes for both social studies Regents exams.