Information about NYS assessment modifications from Principal Cosh

Dear WHBI families,

I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update on the New York State assessments. Modifications have been made as to how these will be administered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sometimes parents wonder why these tests are important for students to take. While high school may seem to be in your child’s distant future, we know that what we do at the elementary level prepares our students to graduate with a regents diploma and to be college and career ready. One of the realities of ensuring our students are prepared is teaching them the tools and strategies they need to be successful for not only our NYS 3-8 assessments, but also for other standardized tests they will take throughout their school career (NYS regents, SATs, etc.).

This year only one day of testing (session 1) will be required for both the 3-8 ELA and 3-8 math exams. Session 1 for both ELA and math consists of multiple choice questions. The grade 4 ELA test consists of three reading passages and 18 multiple choice questions. The grade 5 ELA test consists of four passages and 28 multiple choice questions. The grade 4 and grade 5 math tests consist of 23 multiple choice questions. Our teachers have been working hard to ensure students are prepared for each of these tests. 

Students will complete both tests on the computer. The ELA test will be administered in-person on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 and the math test will be administered on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. We will be offering the opportunity for our remote learners to come into school to complete the test. More information regarding remote learners will be communicated in the coming weeks. 

New York State has offered the opportunity for school districts to administer session 2 of the tests at the district’s discretion. We will be administering session 2 to students later in the spring as a way to collect information about our student’s learning locally, but the data from session 2 will not be sent to the state.

NYS assessments provide us with valuable data about both our students and our schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Gwynne Cosh