NYS Grades 3-8 Assessments Information
Over the next few weeks, the New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. The New York State Education Department (SED) listened to the concerns of parents and educators and made changes to the tests. Beginning this year, the number of test sessions for these annual assessments will be reducedfrom three days to two days. The 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests will continue to be untimed, as they were in 2016 and 2017.
The ELA assessment will be given on April 11th and 12th and the math assessment on May 1st and 2nd.
Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the 2018 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests.
- Two testing days per subject. The 2018 Grades 3–8 ELA and Math Tests have been reduced from three test sessions per subject to two sessions per subject this year, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in recent years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
- The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day.
- Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms. This year, the assessments will also feature many test questions written by New York State teachers specifically for the annual New York State tests. The future goal is for all test questions to be written by NYS educators.
Teacher and Principal Evaluation/APPR
- Student performance on the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Tests will have no employment-related consequences for teacher and principal evaluations. In December 2015, the Board of Regents approved a moratorium on using student scores on these exams for educators’ consequential evaluation scores. This means no teachers or principals in New York State public schools will be affected by the results of the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests.
Release of Test Questions and Instructional Report
- Test questions and instructional reports will be released before the end of the school year. The State Education Department will release 75-percent of questions from the 2018 tests and the instructional reports for educators on or around June 1, 2018. You can view 2017 test questions (https://www.engageny.org/3-8) on EngageNY.
William M. Ward, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools