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NYS Testing Update for 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The New York State Education Department continues to transition to computer-based testing (CBT) as part of its commitment to meet the needs of 21st century learners and improve test delivery, test integrity, scoring validity, and turn-around time on testing results. 

This spring, the Liverpool Central School District will administer the New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics operational tests via computer and students will use district provided Chromebooks for both tests. Students and teachers have been preparing for CBT by practicing sample test questions on their Chromebooks. The ELA administration will take place Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12, with make-up tests until Friday, April 20. The Mathematics administration will take place on Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3, with make-up tests until Wednesday, May 9.

Grade 4 and 8 Science Performance and Written Tests will remain paper based operational tests. The Performance Test for grades 4 and 8 will take place on Wednesday, May 23, and the Written Test will be on Monday, June 4.

Below you will find a summary of the changes made to the 2018 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests.

Testing

  • Students still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work - within the confines of the regular school day - beyond the recommended testing times. By removing time limits, students can now work at their own pace and not have to worry about the clock while taking the 2018 tests.
  • There will be fewer days of testing and fewer questions on the 2018 tests (as compared to the 2017 tests). The English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, and science tests will each be two days in length.
  • The tests have been thoroughly reviewed and constructed by New York State educators to ensure they measure what students are learning in their classrooms.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation/APPR

Student performance on the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Tests will have no employment-related consequences for teacher and principal evaluations. Parents and educators know that performance on a single assessment does not tell the whole story about what a student knows and can do - it’s simply one way to determine the overall progress of our schools and our students.

Testing Experience

Some students become anxious when tackling standardized tests. While it is important to acknowledge the value of a test, it is equally important to remind them that a test is simply one measure of performance. The more relaxed and prepared a student is about an exam, the more likely they are to perform well and truly demonstrate their best learning.

Here are a few things your child can do to positively affect the outcome on testing days:

  • Prepare all needed materials the night before
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a well-balanced breakfast
  • Visualize a positive outcome

If you have any questions about other ways you can assist your child at home or about testing in general, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, principal or reach out to me directly. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools

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