March 15, 2018
Encouraging students to do their best as
state tests approach
City School District of Albany, like public school districts throughout
the state, is preparing for the spring 2018 state tests for students in
grades 3-8. I am writing to remind
you of the dates for the English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams, as
well as the dates for the state science exams for students in grades 4
This letter also provides information to help
all students do their best (you also can
click here to download this letter in .pdf format).
You also can follow these links to download helpful
information from the State Education Department to help parents,
guardians and students prepare:
Students in grades 4 and 8 also take 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 23 and June 1.
All students in grades 4 and 8 will take the written portion of
the state science exam June 4.
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
Please visit our
NYS Testing section for much more information and additional
resources to assist you.
If you have any questions or
concerns, please talk with your building principal.
Yours in education,
Kaweeda G. Adams
Superintendent of Schools