Grades 3-8 State Testing Informational Letter
In March and April, children in grades 3-8 across New York State will be taking standardized tests in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). Testing dates for CRS will be as follows:
- ELA - March 29th & 30th
- Math - April 26th & 27th
- 4th Grade Science
- Written- June 6th
- Performance- May 24th-June 3rd
The decision to give these assessments was made at the Federal level despite concerns raised by districts across the state as well as by the New York State Education Department. The tests will maintain the following features:
- Two assessments sessions, which will include both multiple choice, short responses and extended response questions
- The assessments remain untimed, however, the average time to complete the exams ranges from 60-80 minutes for the ELA Assessments, and 55-75 minutes for the Math Assessments
- The state will be embedding field test questions and passages in the design of the test. It will not be apparent to students whether a question is a field test question that does not count towards their score, or an operational test question that does count towards their score
- For additional information, please visit http://www.nysed.gov/state-assessment/parent-resources
Standardized testing provides districts with important data that we use to ensure that our ELA and Mathematics curriculum is, and continues to be, of the highest quality. A review of our data allows us to look at student performance as individuals, as a cohort, as a school and as a district. This year, these assessments will be one measure among several that will help teachers adjust curriculum in the fall to address any impact from this year’s instruction. In addition, standardized testing results can be used to help a struggling student get the necessary academic support. We believe that our children are well positioned to take these assessments and that the information provided will help our teachers support all students in the fall.
We hope that you will have your child participate in the ELA, Mathematics, and Science assessments this spring. If you have any questions about State assessments, their use, and the impact of refusals, please feel free to give me a call at 914-231-0800. Please click the link to access the 2021-2022 Testing Refusal Notice.