March 12, 2019
Reminders for families as annual state
spring, all school districts in New York administer the state’s English
Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams to students in grades 3-8.
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that
school districts administer these tests.
The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the
learning standards that guide classroom instruction. They 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 college and the modern workplace. The tests also show how
schools and districts are progressing with the learning standards.
The 2019 state ELA exam will be
administered Tuesday, April 2
and Wednesday, April 3.
The 2019 state math exam will be administered
Wednesday, May 1 and
Thursday, May 2.
Here is some additional information about the 2019 state tests:
Both tests have been reduced from three days to two days this year.
Both tests also will be untimed once again, meaning students will
have as long as they need to finish.
Like last year, the New York State Education Department plans to
have instructional reports returned to teachers by the end of the
school year, and to release at least 75 percent of the test
As in 2018, the 2019 Score Reports for parents and guardians will
feature more information about what students should know and be able
to do at each grade level.
For parents and guardians who chose to have their child “opt out,”
an alternate location will be prepared for the entirety of the test
period. Children will be brought to a supervised alternate location
for each test session where they will be able to read silently with
books of their choice, either from home or from the classroom or
school library. At the end of each test session, the child will
return to the classroom and resume standard school day instructional
As aligned with the new ESSA requirements, each school once again
will need to have a 95 percent participation rate. Participation in
the state assessment impacts the school’s growth score.
These assessments objectively inform parents, guardians and teachers
about students’ progress compared to other students across the state.
Annual assessments are also used
to help ensure that traditionally underserved students – students of
color, students receiving Special Education or English as a New Language
(ENL) services, or students from low-income communities – are not
Finally, school leaders and leadership teams use the assessment data to
make academic and budgetary decisions in order to further improve the
delivery of quality instruction and the allocation of resources directly
impacting student achievement and success.
future holds college, the workplace, military or another endeavor,
students will need to be able to think critically and solve complex
problems. With these tools,
students have more choices about their futures and can make the most of
their opportunities. Providing
students those tools is our goal throughout the City School District of
Albany, and the annual state tests are one way we measure our success. However,
these statewide assessments also provide objective information about how
students are progressing toward the higher-level skills and knowledge
required to be successful after high school.
Thank you for your time and attention regarding the state assessments.
Please review the supporting documents from NYSED to facilitate a deeper
understanding of our annual state assessments for students in grades
Yours in education,
Kaweeda G. Adams
Superintendent of Schools