On March 25 and 26 and after spring break on April 22 and 23, the New York State English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments will be administered to students in grades 3-8. The statewide ELA and math assessments are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction, and to help ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed for success in today’s world.
At Pashley, the ELA assessment will be given on Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26. Our 3rd- and 4th-grade students will participate in the assessment from 9-10:30 a.m., and 5th-grade students will participate from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Due to the accommodations needing to be in place to support our students, we need to stagger the time of the assessments to adequately staff for the administration of the assessment. The same schedule will be in place on April 22 and 23 for the math assessment.
Over the past several years, many changes have been made to the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests including:
- Fewer Test Sessions: Like the 2019 tests, the 2020 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests are two sessions each.
- Untimed Tests: Like the 2016-2019 tests, the 2020 Grades 3-8 ELA and math tests will be untimed. In general, this means that as long as students are working productively, they will have as much time as they need to complete each test session, within the confines of the regular school day.
- Test Questions Reviewed and Written by New York State Teachers: Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for 2020 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.
- Providing Results for Teachers and Improved Resources for Parents: Like the previous four years, the New York State Education Department plans to have instructional reports returned to teachers by the end of the school year and to release at least 75% of the test questions again. The 2020 score reports for parents will feature more information about what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.
- Grades 3-8 Math Assessments will continue to be administered by paper and pencil.
Please understand that due to the disruption it causes, test refusals will not be honored the day of the testing administration. If you are refusing to have your child participate in the NYS ELA or math assessment this year, a letter must be sent in to me before March 19. We ask that students stay home (or get picked-up) during the test administration times for their grade due to the accommodations needing to be in place to support our students taking the tests.
If you have any questions about the schedule or process, please feel free to contact me. You can find more information about the State tests on the State Education Department’s website.
Jill E. Bonacio