Prior to the announcement that the New York State Regents Examinations in Languages other than English (LOTE) were to be phased out, the Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES took the initiative to begin development of our own locally produced LOTE World Languages examinations in French and Spanish. In order to preserve opportunities for our students, a consortium of North Country LOTE teachers, working under the auspices of Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES), has prepared local assessments to satisfy the State’s LOTE requirements in Spanish and French. The Champlain Valley Cooperative Regional Proficiency Exam for Checkpoint A and the Champlain Valley Cooperative Comprehensive Exam for Checkpoint B will be made available to districts for administration in June 2020.
All exams produced by Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES are aligned to the NYSED Regents LOTE Curriculum and maintain a scaffold approach to content. This was done to replicate the format and thoroughness of the former Regents LOTE Examination in the testing of the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Culture is embedded in our examination via the reading selections, listening narratives, and authentic realia. In recent years, we have begun to incorporate more questions involving the interpretive mode stemming from the ACTFL standards: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.
Teachers who have been selected to write questions are experienced teachers who currently teach the level for which they are writing. These selected teachers are well known for their professional integrity and language proficiency.
Examinations are compiled from a pool of items that have been created by the aforementioned teachers. Team Leaders are active teachers and experts in the field.
Checkpoint A examinations are typically administered to students in middle school. If a student enrolled in middle school has passed two years of study in a World Language course (or one year of study in an advanced World Language course) AND the student passes a Checkpoint A examination, the student will have earned a high school course credit in World Languages, thus achieving the minimum high school graduation requirement of earning a single unit of credit in the target language.
Checkpoint B examinations are typically administered to students after completing a total of three units of study in the target language. Students who have passed these course and who have passed a Checkpoint B examination will have met the World Language requirement for an advanced regents diploma.
To order an exam please complete the attached form and send it to It would be best to have your submitted form by April 24, 2020. We expect to send exams out to school districts in early May.
To ensure the security of our examinations, Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES adhere to the most recent Regents Examination rules and procedures issued by the Office of State Assessment; including Safeguarding the Integrity of the Test Materials, Checking the Examination Shipment, Safeguarding Examination Materials, Student use of Communications Devices, Administering and Scoring Examinations, Testing Accommodations, and Handling of Students’ Completed Examination Materials. As with previous state assessments these tests need to remain secure with the principal until such time as they are administered by the teachers, except for the manuals and speaking sourcebooks. The speaking task administration period begins May 1, 2020 to five calendar days prior to giving the test. A reporting sheet is included in the manuals and should be submitted to the principal according to the above deadline. The dictation for the listening portion of the tests should be released to teachers one hour prior to the administration of the exam.
It is requested that all schools who adopt our examination administer it concurrently throughout New York State. As such, each year we will publish specific dates and times in which our examinations must be administered. In June, it is advised to follow the date and time that NYSED recommends for World Languages Checkpoint Examinations as the specific date and time that we require our examinations be administered.
The cost of our examinations is as follows: