Information about grades 3-8 state testing; virtual parent survey for the tests

March 25, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This school year has certainly been full of changes and challenges. I am writing to inform you of some updated information regarding New York State assessments for this spring. At this time, schools are still required to participate in the NYS testing program. New York State Education Department has reduced the number and type of question on the assessments and reduced the number of sessions that schools need to administer.  Students will sit for one session for each assessment. Our philosophy around State exams remains the same; we ask students to do their best and provide them with a safe, supportive environment in which to take the assessment.

NYS is not allowing for students to be tested in a remote environment.  If you are the parent of a fully virtual student and you would like your child to come to school to take the assessment(s) please fill out the survey posted in the Parent PowerSchool portal, https://sgcsd.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

Here are directions for accessing the survey.

Please complete the survey by Thursday, April 1. We will compile the responses and reach out to you with specific details.

The testing schedule for each grade and subject are listed in the tables below.

Elementary Testing Schedule
  Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
ELA Wednesday, April 21 Thursday, April 22 Friday, April 23
Math Tuesday, May 4 Wednesday, May 5 Thursday, May 6
Science   Monday, June 7  

 

Middle School Testing Schedule
  Crimson Strong Tartans Virtual
ELA Grades 6-8 Monday, April 19 Tuesday, April 20 Thursday, April 22 Wednesday, April 21
Math Grades 6-8 Tuesday, May 4 Thursday, May 6 Monday, May 3 Wednesday, May 5
Science 8 Monday, June 7 Tuesday, June 8 Thursday, June 10 Wednesday, June 9

If you have any questions, please contact me or your child’s principal.

Thank you.

Karen Swain

Fully Virtual Learners

Dear Grade 3-8 Parents of Fully Virtual Students:

We hope that your experience in remote learning has been a positive one and we are proud of the hard work that students, teachers and parents  have put in to make the program a success.  While this has not been an ideal year, everyone has pulled together to make your child’s educational experience as robust as possible.  As you may have heard, the 3-8 tests are taking place this year and we will use this as another opportunity to gather data and see where our students currently are on their educational journey and this will help us with future planning.  

The New York State 3-8 exam will be given at the end of April (ELA) , the beginning of May (Math), and the beginning of June (Science 4 & 8). PLeasee see the schedules below.  Because NYS is not allowing for students to be tested in a remote environment we would like to offer the opportunity for virtual students to participate in the test at their home school. COVID protocols will be followed at proctoring sites and we are confident that we can provide a safe testing environment.

Grades 3-8 Testing Schedule:  

Elementary Testing Schedule
  Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
ELA Wednesday, April 21 Thursday, April 22 Friday, April 23
Math Tuesday, May 4 Wednesday, May 5 Thursday, May 6
Science   Monday, June 7  

 

Middle School Testing Schedule
  Crimson Strong Tartans Virtual
ELA Grades 6-8 Monday, April 19 Tuesday, April 20 Thursday, April 22 Wednesday, April 21
Math Grades 6-8 Tuesday, May 4 Thursday, May 6 Monday, May 3 Wednesday, May 5
Science 8 Monday, June 7 Tuesday, June 8 Thursday, June 10 Wednesday, June 9

 

The New York State Education Department has reduced the number of questions and sessions for each exam. There will only be one session and that session will only include multiple-choice questions for ELA and Math. The Science exam will include multiple choice and short answer questions.  The exams are untimed and students are free to bring a lunch or order one and a break will be provided, if needed. As has always been our practice at Scotia-Glenville, we believe every student should take the exams and do the best they can. 

After providing this information we would like some information for planning purposes.  If your child will be participating in the testing program, please complete the survey in PowerSchool by April 1, so we can plan accordingly.

Please call your building principal with questions.

Sincerely,

Karen Swain