Two more grades are taking computer-based state tests this year; testing begins on Tuesday, April 2

Flyer about the state tests
Changes that will take place in testing grades 3-8 ELA and math and how the results will be used. Click to enlarge.

Once again this year, students in grades 3-8 are being asked to sit for state tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.

Last year, students in grade 4 at Scotia-Glenville completed their ELA state exams online; this year, grades 3 and 5 are being added to the ELA computer-based models.

Over the next two years, all students are required to take the annual tests on a computer.

The test results do not count again a child’s average and will not be included on his or her report cards.

Here is the upcoming schedule at Scotia-Glenville:

  • Tuesday, April 2 -Wednesday, April 3: Grades 4 and 5 sit for the computer-based tests
  • Tuesday, April 2 -Wednesday, April 3: Grades 6-8 sit for the paper-based tests
  • Thursday, April 4-Friday, April 4: Grade 3 will sit for the computer-based test

Grades 3-5 will take the assessment on a computer or Chromebook. Teachers have been preparing students for the online exercise:

  • Teachers have engaged students in guided practice sessions so they feel comfortable with the online format of computer based assessments.
  • The test will have the same questions as paper and pencil assessment.

Check out the online question sampler NYSED has provided.

The math assessments will be administered on two consecutive days, May 1 and 2. The math tests will be administered to all grade levels as paper and pencil assessments.

These assessments are an important part of the New York State educational system.  They are used to measure our student performance and the overall success of our schools.  The results of the exams will help us determine what supports students may need going forward, so we want every student to do their very best.  We really appreciate your support in ensuring that your child (or children) are ready for the upcoming assessments.

Please make sure your child attends school on each of the testing days. Encourage your child to do his or her best work on these exams.  A positive attitude helps to assure the best quality work. We know that students do their best when they are rested and when they have had a full breakfast.  Please support these test taking tips at home.

Our teachers, staff and administrators do everything we can to make students feel comfortable taking assessments.

In response to parent and educator concerns, New York State has also made a number of changes to the assessments in the past few years.  These include:

  • Results not tied to teacher or principal evaluations: 2019 assessment results will not be used to evaluate teachers or principals.
  • Untimed tests: Students will continue to have as much time as they need to finish exams at their own pace, within the confines of a regular school day.
  • Fewer test questions: Exams will be shorter with fewer questions in ELA and Math.
  • More teacher involvement: The state has increased the number of teachers who create and review exams.

Like last year, NYSED will release 75% of the test questions and instructional reports for educators in early June. This release will give teachers, schools and the school district the opportunity to analyze the results, implement instructional plans to support individual students, evaluate the instructional programs and make changes that will help us progress as a district.