Spring is almost here. I know the students and faculty are getting excited about the change in seasons, upcoming concerts and year-end activities. While we are all looking forward to these memorable experiences, there are
some important academic activities, specifically the NYS ELA and math tests, that require our immediate attention.
After several years of concerns and frustrations with the state exams on the part of some parents and educators, we are happy to report that these tests have improved significantly. For instance, the tests are shorter and students are given as much time as they need to complete each section.
Additionally, the tests match the curriculum we teach. They are also designed and reviewed by NYS educators, and they provide useful information to high school teachers on academic progress and skill acquisition. We value the information provided by these exams.
This year the NYS ELA exam will be held on March 25 and 26, and the NYS math exam on April 22 and 23. In addition to the valuable information these tests provide, we believe that participation in these exams is an important practice for our students. We think this experience will be very helpful to students in the coming years.
For more information about the NYS ELA and math exams, please refer to NYS 3-8 Testing – What Parents Need to Know handout.
If parents truly have philosophical objections to taking the NYS exams, we encourage you to call me to discuss it. I respect your rights as a parent. At the same time, I want to discuss it with you in order to better understand your
concerns. Even if your child has “opted-out” in the past, this is a good opportunity for them to experience a state exam before entering high school. If a student “refuses” or “opts-out” of the test, they will be provided with a quiet place to read a book or they can come into school after the state exam is administered.
Thanks for all that you do to promote your child’s success.