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A letter from the superintendent regarding grades 3-8 testing

March 20, 2017

 Dear Parents and Guardians,

The snow may still be on the ground, but spring is finally here as of today! That means it’s almost testing season for our elementary and middle school students. The spring 2017 testing schedule for students in grades 3-8 is as follows:

  • Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA): Tuesday, March 28 – Thursday, March 30
  • Grades 3-8 Math: Tuesday, May 2 – Thursday, May 4
  • Grades 4&8 Science (performance): Wednesday, May 24 – Friday, June 2
  • Grades 4&8 Science (written): Monday, June 5

 

This will be the fifth year that New York students take assessments aligned to the state’s new learning standards.

As this year’s assessments approach, please keep in mind that no single test provides a complete picture of your child’s abilities. But when combined with grades, classroom activities, and unit quizzes and tests, annual assessments can provide important information about a student’s progress. State assessments also provide valuable information about the performance of our school and district.

In addition, the untimed tests are designed to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in both college and/or the workplace.

If your child did not participate in the ELA or math tests last year – or might not this year – please consider their participation this spring.

For logistical reasons, we require that any test refusals be submitted in writing to the student’s principal at least 24 hours before testing begins and must clearly indicate the exam(s) the child is refusing to take, along with a parent signature. Students who bring in a note the day of an exam will not be required to take the exam, but will also not be taken out of the testing location until the next day, again, for logistical reasons. Any student not taking an exam will be expected to read or work quietly during the testing time.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Patricia Morris
Superintendent

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