Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests are administered to students across New York State. These annual tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace. The tests also show how schools and districts are progressing towards learning standards. Below you will find information about the assessments:
3-8 ELA and Math Tests will be untimed, so students who need more time to demonstrate what they know and can do will be able to work at their own pace.
Fewer Test Questions
The number of test questions has been decreased the past years. There is one less reading passage and fewer questions on the 3-8 ELA tests, and math had fewer questions.
Greater Teacher Involvement
Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing the assessments. Beginning in 2018, NYS teacher-developed test questions will be used in state assessments.
Faster Results for Teachers and Improved Resources for Parents
The NY State Education Department plans to have instructional reports returned to teachers by the end of the school year and release at least 75-percent of the test questions. The Score Reports for parents will feature an updated, clearer design and more information about what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. These will be ready over the summer.