Data & Assessment

Procedures for Students Not Participating in the State Assessment Program

The New York State Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades 3-8 will begin in April. The Science assessment in grade 4 will start in May. The dates of each test can be found on our district calendar, which is also on our website. The Principals, Dr. Young and Ms. Gosh, will be providing additional information about these dates. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or administrator. As you know, the New York State Education Department has implemented some changes to the testing program. The most significant changes are that these tests will be untimed, there are fewer test items and educators were involved in developing these tests. Explanations about these changes can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2016/changes2016grades3-8ela-math-tests.pdf. Information about this year’s testing program is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/eigen.html.

Like many districts, the results of these tests are used to provide academic intervention services to help children to strengthen their basic skills as well as develop higher order thinking and problem solving skills. We also use the results to review our curriculum so that it continues to support the needs of the students.

If parents do not want their children to participate in the New York State Testing Program, each school has made provisions for students to go to an alternate location in the school where the tests are not being administered so that they may read a book. After the test administration is over, the regular school day will resume. Please notify each principal by email as to which test (ELA, Math or Science) you do not wish your child (ren) to take.

There have been some questions about whether or not the State assessments play a role in student placement. While the assessments have never been the sole determinant for any placement, in previous years the middle school has used NYS math assessment results as a portion of the formula for math honors consideration. While the formula for placement from fifth to sixth grade (honors) and sixth to seventh grade (double-advanced honors) is fluid and can change from year to year, no scores will be used from the 2015 administration, and thereafter, in placement for the 2015-16 school year (although it could be considered for double-honors placement in 2016-17). If a student does not take the State assessment in math and wishes to be considered for honors math, he/she will be evaluated using an alternative formula, which could include an alternate assessment.