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From the Superintendent

State testing reminders, resources for our 3-8 families

The City School District of Albany, like public school districts throughout the state, is preparing for the spring 2017 state tests for students in grades 3-8. I am writing to remind you of the dates for the English Language Arts (ELA), math and science exams, and to provide additional information to help all of our students do their best.

  • The state ELA exam will be March 28-30

  • The state math exam will be May 2-4

 

Students in grade 4 and grade 8 also take New York’s statewide science test each year. The performance (lab) part of that exam will be given on one day determined by your building principal between May 24 and June 2. All students in grades 4 and grade 8 will take the written portion of the state science exam June 5.

 

We have much more information and helpful resources available for you in our NYS Testing section.

 

As this year’s tests approach, please keep in mind that all of New York’s statewide exams are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction. The state’s goal is to help ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical-thinking, problem-solving and reasoning skills needed for success in today’s world.

 

No single test provides a complete picture of a child’s abilities. But when combined with grades, classroom activities, unit quizzes and tests, and district-level assessments such as NWEA, the annual state tests can provide important information about a child’s academic progress.

 

We encourage all of our students to do their very best on everything they do in school, including these annual state tests. You can support your child by making sure he or she gets plenty of sleep the night before each test, and starts the day with a healthy breakfast. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal.

Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

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