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Jan. 9, 2012

Grades 3-8 testing calendar announced

ELA and Math exams given over three days

The New York State Education Department has increased testing time, the number of questions asked and has added a day to the English Language Arts exam in its revised 2012 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Testing Program, announced in late December.

NYSED has increased the number of test questions to obtain the most accurate information possible about student achievement and to include field test questions upon which future tests will be built. To accommodate the increased number of questions, the ELA and mathematics assessments will be administered over the course of three days, respectively.

“The additional day of ELA testing will not have a significant impact on instruction,” said Assistant Superintendent of Educational Programs and Instruction Jody Monroe. “Though the tests are new this year – and the testing time longer - we’re confident that our students will perform as well as they have in the past.”

NYSED has designed the testing times to allow students sufficient time to demonstrate what they have learned. Although the actual time that it will take the typical student to complete each session is estimated to be 45, 50, 60 or 70 minutes depending on their grade and subject (see table [PDF]), school districts must schedule 90 minutes per day for each session, at each grade.

The complete schedule for the administration and scoring of these tests can be found here.

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