At a meeting of the New York State Board of Regents, Chancellor Betty Rosa announces that the Regents exams required for high school graduation will be canceled this year.

This is a wise decision. The exams cannot be given in person. If delivered online, there is no way to know who is taking the exam.

The next year should be a time to rethink the current policy of requiring all students to take the Regents. In the long history of the exams, this policy is fairly recent. The Regents used to be only for students who were college bound or who wanted the distinction of taking and passing them. Making them universal made it necessary to water them down. At the same time, they were an unnecessary hurdle for some students, who did not care about having a Regents diploma.