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NYS testing information for grades 3-8

Filed in District, District News by on March 31, 2021

An important message for grade 3-8 families from Assistant Superintendent Dave Hurst:

Dear BCSD Grade 3-8 Family,

I want to share some updates about the NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math Tests and the Grades 4 & 8 Science Tests scheduled for this spring. These tests are typically held annually, but they were not given in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, unless a federal waiver is granted before the test dates, we are required to administer a condensed version of the 3-8 assessments. Testing will be slightly different this year, so I wanted to share with you some key points about these tests.

The New York State Board of Regents has given our district flexibility in when to administer the tests. The tests will be administered according to the following schedule:

Grade 3

  • ELA: April 21
  • Math: May 5
  • Science: N/A

Grade 4

  • ELA: April 21
  • Math: May 5
  • Science: June 7

Grade 5

  • ELA: April 21
  • Math: May 5
  • Science: N/A

Grade 6

  • ELA: April 20
  • Math: May 4
  • Science: N/A

Grade 7 – “A Day” students

  • ELA: April 21
  • Math: May 5
  • Science: N/A

Grade 7 – “B Day” students

  • ELA: April 20
  • Math: May 4
  • Science: N/A

Grade 8 – “A Day” students

  • ELA: April 21
  • Math: May 5
  • Science: June 9

Grade 8 – “B Day” students

  • ELA: April 20
  • Math: May 4
  • Science: June 8

While assessments will be scaled back this year, they are still tools that can be used to indicate student progress as it relates to grade-level learning targets. It should be noted that the U.S. Department of Education has uncoupled state assessments from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability requirements, reinforcing that the results will be used solely as a measure of student learning.

Tests will be given in-person only. Students who are fully remote are not required to take the tests. However, onsite testing will be made available for those students who want to participate in the NYS testing. Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) families received a letter from Mrs. Jones on March 24, 2021 describing the process to register for the tests. Fully-remote middle school families should contact Mr. Klugman to register for the tests if their child(ren) plans to participate.

Please remember that your child’s scores on the state tests will not affect their grades or impact our evaluation of your child’s teacher. While no single test can provide a complete picture of a child’s abilities, annual assessments are considered along with grades, classroom activities, unit quizzes and tests to help us understand how we can best support a student’s learning moving forward. With all of these, we simply ask that our students try their best.

If you have any questions, please contact your child(ren)’s building principal.

Dave Hurst

Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs