Spring State Tests To See Some Changes

Corinth students in grades 3-8 will see some changes when taking the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests this spring. The ELA tests will be given April 11 and 12, with the Math tests to be given May 1 and 2.

These annual tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help 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 college and the modern workplace.

Some changes for 2018 include:

Shorter tests, less pressure

• The 2018 Grades 3–8 ELA and Math Tests have been reduced from three test sessions per subject to only 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 substantially 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.

• Like the 2016 and 2017 tests, the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests will be untimed. In general, this means that as long as students are working productively, they will have as much time as they need to complete each test session, within the confines of the regular school day.

More teacher input

• This year, the assessments will 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.

• Hundreds of teachers from across the state were involved in creating and reviewing questions for the 2018 assessments and selecting the questions for the test forms.

Lower stakes, more info

• Like last year, the New York State Education Department plans to have instructional reports returned to teachers by the end of the school year and to release at least 75% of the test questions again.

• As in 2017, the 2018 Score Reports for parents will feature more information about what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

• A moratorium on using student test scores to evaluate teachers and principals remains in place. Student test scores also cannot be the sole basis of decisions about student placement or promotion.

For more information about state testing, contact your student’s building principal, or read our Frequently Asked Questions document regarding state testing.

Mar 28, 2018