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young girl with hair in poney tail taking an exam in schoolNYSED Announces Grade 3-8 ELA & Math Testing Changes

The New York State Education Department has made a number of changes to the Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics assessments for the spring of 2016 administration. These changes include:

  • a new testing vendor

  • greater involvement of educators in the test development process

  • fewer numbers of passages and test questions

  • a shift to untimed testing

These changes coupled with the fact that state test scores cannot be used in teacher evaluations, marks a shift in the approach to testing by the NYSED. The following memo from NYSED summarizes the changes in store for the spring of 2016.

view NYSED memo on testing changes (pdf)