Grades 3-8 State Testing

Education officials have announced that students in grades 3-8 will once again take the New York state assessments this spring.

This year, the tests will be one-day exams. The state has determined students will only take one-part of the two-part exams. The English Language Arts and Math exams will be multiple choice. The Science exam for grades 4 and 8 is a written exam. Tests will only be given in-person. Full-remote students will not take the state assessments this year. 

The testing schedule is as follows:

  • English Language Arts (Grades 3-8): April 22
  • Math (Grades 3-8): May 5
  • Science (Grades 4 & 8): June 7  

Our teachers, staff and administrators do everything we can to make students feel more comfortable taking exams. Like any test, we ask our students to simply do their best. Your child’s scores on the state tests will not affect their grades. 

These state assessments provide us with important data that we use to improve education for all students. For example, if we find a student is struggling in a certain area, we may enhance instruction in that area with new resources or adjust how we teach the concept. Although no single test can provide a complete picture of a child’s abilities, when combined with grades, projects, classroom activities, unit quizzes, benchmarks, and tests, the state assessments help us determine how we can best support a student’s learning. 

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