Testing and the New York State Assessments

  • At the elementary and middle school level, all New York State students in grades 3-8 take standardized tests in math and English language arts (ELA) in the spring. The New York State Education Department made several changes to those tests in 2016, in response to concerns shared by parents and educators. Some of the changes are to the tests themselves and will impact the testing experience for students, while others have more to do with test development and administration as well the use of test results. Learn more (PDF). 
     
    There are also state-wide science tests for students in grades 4 and 8, which are typically held after the math and ELA exams. At the high school level, students take state Regents exams in a variety of subjects in January and June.
     
    State tests provide an overall picture of student performance across the state. The results also help schools identify students' academic strengths and weaknesses. Though testing does not fully reflect a student's capabilities, it can help teachers and parents work together to maximize the benefits the student receives from his/her education. 
     
  • State Test Results
    Parents have access to their child's scores on grades 3-8 assessments through the SchoolTool Parent Portal. They should receive an individual student report later in the fall, usually around mid-October.
     
    State Test Schedule 2016-17

    ELA Assessment, grades 3-8

    March 28-30, 2017

    Math Assessment, grades 3-8

    May 2-4, 2017

    Science Assessment (Performance),
    grades 4 and 8

    May 24-26 and May 30-June 2, 2017

    Science Assessment (Written), 
    grades 4 and 8

    June 5, 2017

    Regents Exams

    January 24-27, 2017
    June 13-22, 2017
    Mid-August