Grades 3-8 State Testing
In April and May, 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:
- Friday, April 23rd -- 4th grade ELA
- Monday, April 26th -- 3rd grade ELA
- Tuesday, May 4th -- 4th grade Math
- Thursday, May 6th -- 3rd grade Math
- Monday, June 7th -- 4th grade Science
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. In response to feedback and concerns from parents and educators, NYSED has taken the following steps to minimize the impact of these assessments during the 2021 school year:
- Reduce the required testing administration period from two days to one day only;
- Reduce the number of test questions.
- Maintain untimed testing, allowing the children to work at their own pace; each test is expected to take 60-90 minutes depending on the grade level.
- Indicate that remote-only students are not required to take the test at home or to come to school for in-person testing. If you are a remote-only family and would like to participate, please reach out to Mrs. Weinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even in this extraordinary academic year, 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 also 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 by an individual student can be one factor used to make the case for extra academic support for a struggling student.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires an assessment participation rate of 95 percent or higher. This requirement has been waived by the Federal Government this year only. That being said, 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 2020-2021 Testing Refusal Notice.