Students Face State Testing at all Grade Levels
Children in grades 3-8 are required to take state tests/assessments each school year in math and English language arts. Other exams are administered each year in science and social studies.
Testing in English language arts — covering reading, writing and listening skills — and math for each of the elementary grades is designed to show whether children have a firm grasp on the skills they will need to succeed as they move toward middle school, high school and beyond. These tests also help teachers identify where the curriculum might need to be fine-tuned to better meet students’ needs.
Testing children regularly throughout the middle school years is one way of ensuring that they are progressing academically. Such tests help show whether children need additional help to confidently move ahead in school.
Testing children beginning in the third grade is one way of ensuring that students are learning their daily lessons well. These tests, as well as the middle school exams, are carefully designed to reflect the types of information and skills that children are expected to learn at their grade levels.
Although students will be given opportunities throughout the school year to become familiar with the format of these tests, the school year will not be spent drilling for these exams. Instead, the primary focus is on expanding children’s knowledge in many subject areas and disciplines like listening, reading, writing and math — encouraging them to reason better and become critical thinkers.
Upcoming testing during 2016-2017 school year
March 28-30: Grade 3-8 ELA testing
April 3-5: Grade 3-8 ELA makeup testing
April 10-May 19: NYSESLAT Speaking testing
May 2-4: Grade 3-8 Math testing
May 8-10: Grade 3-8 Math makeup testing
May 8-19: NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, Writing testing
May 5: Grade 8 Intermediate Level Science Performance testings
May 24-25: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Veeder)
May 25: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Forest Park)
May 31: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Shaker Road)
May 31: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Roessleville)
June 1: Grade 4 Science performance testing (Saddlewood Only)
June 5: Grade 4 Science Written testings
June 5: Grade 8 Science Written testing
June 6-7: Grade 8 Science Written makeup testings
June 6-7: Grade 4 Science Written makeup testing
New York State Testing Link
For more information on New York State Testing please click on the New York State Education Department web site at www.nysed.gov