In a typical year, New York State Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building.
Assessments will be administered in-person at your child’s school to students who would like to participate. Schools will conduct outreach to all families on whether you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that schools can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all our students. The 2021 Student Participation Guide includes helpful information to help answer questions about this spring’s tests in Grades 3-8.
Read below for more information about the tests your child may be required to take depending on their grade level, including a list of upcoming 2020–2021 test dates, view the test date calendar. For a complete list of tests, including tests with rolling dates, view the full list of city, state and national tests.
Elementary Grades (Pre-K–5)
Students in elementary grades take various NY State and local tests to support their instruction, to determine eligibility for certain programs, and to provide information on their progress toward mastering grade-level learning standards. The list below shows tests that student take in grades pre-k–5.
Middle Grades (6–8)
Students in middle school continue to take the various NY State and local exams that were introduced in elementary school, in addition to some additional tests that reflect their increased skills and opportunities. These assessments continue to support their instruction, to determine eligibility for certain programs, and to provide information on progress toward mastering grade-level learning standards. The list below shows tests that student take in middle school.
High School Grades (9–12+)
High school students continue taking various NY State and local tests to support instruction, to determine eligibility for certain programs, and to provide information on their progress toward mastering grade-level learning standards. These exams may be used to meet NY State graduation requirements and to increase access to post-graduation options. Certain exams may also be used by colleges and universities in their admissions process and to award college course credit. The list below shows tests that student take in high school.
Testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency in order to provide an opportunity for them to participate equally with their peers that do not experience similar restrictions. These accommodations mitigate the potential effects of these restrictions and enables students to accurately demonstrate their skills and knowledge, independent of these potential effects.
Eligibility for testing accommodations are determined on a student-by-student basis and may vary by exam. Students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs or 504 Plans, English Language Learners and some Former English Language Learners are eligible for accommodations. Examples of testing accommodations include—but are not limited to—large-print or Braille exams, frequent breaks during the testing window, reading the items aloud, or testing in a small-group location, among other accommodations.
The DOE shares test results to help families and educators understand the performance of New York City schools in recent years. Keep in mind that test results are just one measurement of student achievement.