NYS Math and ELA Testing 2021

NYS Math and ELA Testing 2021
Posted on 03/15/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This spring, the New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics tests will be administered to students. These annual tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards. Grade 3 students’ exams will be paper based, while Grades 4-8 will be computer based.

The schedule for the exams is as follows:

ELA MATH
April 20 and 21 - Grades 3, 4, and 7 May 4 and 5 - Grades 3, 4 and 7
April 22 and 23 - Grades 5, 6, and 8 May 6 and 7 - Grades 5, 6 and 8

On each of the two days of ELA and Math testing, students will be afforded unlimited time to complete the exam. However, based on our experience, the estimated time that it may take students to complete each day by grade is listed below:

ELA Grades 3-4 = 70 minutes each day

Math Grades 3-4 = 55-70 minutes each day

ELA Grades 5-8 = 60-90 minutes each day

Math Grades 5-8 = 70-80 minutes each day

If students require more time than the “estimated” time, a break will be provided, and we will move these students to a separate testing location which will provide the children with the time needed to complete the exam in a comfortable environment.

Although these tests are important, we recognize that they are not the only indicator of success. We typically receive the results in August and you will be provided a detailed report outlining the areas tested and the scores received. In addition, we anticipate that the State Education Department will release at least 75% of the test questions to inform instructional decisions which we find valuable.

Student performance on the 2021 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics tests will have no employment-related consequences for teacher and principal evaluations.

The district does encourage every student to participate in these assessments, especially this year. We have been able to learn a great deal from the results as they provide valuable data about what our students can do and those areas in which we can improve our curriculum. However, recognizing that parents do have the right to refuse, those students will be assigned a separate location during the testing time. Students should bring several books of their choice that they would like to read independently.

It is a reminder that Regents exams administered in the Jr/Sr High School are mandatory for high school graduation. Taking these NYS assessments provides an opportunity to become familiar with the state testing format prior to taking high stakes mandatory Regents exams.

For parents refusing the exams on behalf of your child, we ask that you inform us by April 7th using this form. Please note the form available in this link.

This form must be utilized and returned to the homeroom or classroom teacher. Since there have been issues with communication in the past, no other form of communication will be accepted.

If you have any further questions, please contact your child’s building principals, Dr. Devine at Cutchogue East or Mr. Petretti at MHS.

Sincerely,

Jill Gierasch
Superintendent

Dr. Kathleen Devine
Principal, Cutchogue East Elementary School

Shawn Petretti
Principal, MHS Jr/Sr High School