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Information on New York State Testing and Assessments

 

Students Face State Testing at all Grade Levels

Children in grades 3-8 are required to take state tests/assessments each school year  in math and English language arts. Other exams are administered each year in science and social studies.

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Testing in English language arts — covering reading, writing and listening skills — and math for each of the elementary grades is designed to show whether children have a firm grasp on the skills they will need to succeed as they move toward middle school, high school and beyond. These tests also help teachers identify where the curriculum might need to be fine-tuned to better meet students’ needs.

Testing children regularly throughout the middle school years is one way of ensuring that they are progressing academically. Such tests help show whether children need additional help to confidently move ahead in school.

Testing children beginning in the third grade is one way of ensuring that students are learning their daily lessons well. These tests, as well as the middle school exams, are carefully designed to reflect the types of information and skills that children are expected to learn at their grade levels.

Although students will be given opportunities throughout the school year to become familiar with the format of these tests, the school year will not be spent drilling for these exams. Instead, the primary focus is on expanding children’s knowledge in many subject areas and disciplines like listening, reading, writing and math — encouraging them to reason better and become critical thinkers.

Upcoming testing during 2016-2017 school year

 

March 28-30: Grade 3-8 ELA testing

April 3-5: Grade 3-8 ELA makeup testing

April 10-May 19: NYSESLAT Speaking testing

May 2-4: Grade 3-8 Math testing

May 8-10: Grade 3-8 Math makeup testing

May 8-19: NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, Writing testing

May 5: Grade 8 Intermediate Level Science Performance testings

May 24-25: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Veeder)

May 25: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Forest Park)

May 31: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Shaker Road)

May 31: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Roessleville)

June 1: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Saddlewood Only)

June 5: Grade 4 Science Written testings

June 5: Grade 8 Science Written testing

June 6-7: Grade 8 Science Written makeup testings

June 6-7: Grade 4 Science Written makeup testing

 

New York State Testing Link

For more information on New York State Testing please click on the New York State Education Department web site at www.nysed.gov