This spring, our students in grades 3-8 will again take assessments aligned to the state’s new learning standards. The 2019 testing will be scheduled over two consecutive days on the following dates:
- New York State grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) exam: April 2 and April 3
- New York State grades 3-8 math exam: May 1 and May 2
Over the course of the past few years, the New York State Education Department has made adjustments to the tests in response to concerns from parents and educators about the state exams.
Some of those changes affect the testing experience for students. For example, there are fewer questions on the tests and students are now allowed as much time as they need to complete the tests within the regular school day. According to state officials, more New York educators now participate in developing the tests. In addition, state lawmakers approved a bill in January that separates teacher/principal evaluations and grades 3-8 state ELA and math test scores.
Please keep in mind that no single test provides a complete picture of your child’s abilities. When combined with grades, classroom activities, and unit quizzes and tests, annual assessments can provide important information about a student’s academic growth. State assessments also provide valuable information about the performance of our school. However, it is important to note that state test results do not have any impact on student grades or promotion.
As always, we encourage our students to do their best on all learning opportunities they participate in at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office of your child’s school.