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.
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
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
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.
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.