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NYS Assessments

New York State Assessment Parent Letter


The annual New York State Assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science will be administered to grades 3-8 in accordance with the 2022-2023 Elementary and Intermediate level Testing Schedule.

As a school community, we encourage you to have your child participate, as the information obtained from these assessments is valuable. While no single assessment provides a comprehensive summary of student achievement, these assessments can provide information on student progress when coupled with other diagnostic information, classroom performance, and teacher feedback. These tests are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and are designed to provide important information about whether students are prepared to progress through school and graduate with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills they need for long-term success in school, college, careers, and life. The assessment data also gives us an objective means of measuring how your child, the school, and our district are performing compared to others across New York State.  This helps to inform local curriculum, instruction, and planning for our programs. 

The English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments for grades 3-8 will each be administered over two days. Students in grades 5-6 will not be assessed in the sciences. 

As a parent, you may refuse to have your child participate in the New York State 3-8 Assessments.  Students not participating in the assessment will be asked to bring a book for quiet self-directed reading during the assessments. 

In order to refuse your child’s participation in the assessments, please complete the  electronic opt out form located below, or you may write a letter to your child’s building principal stating your child’s first and last name, homeroom teacher and current grade level, as well as your desire to have your child opt out of testing for the 2022-2023 3-8 New York State Assessments.  Please date and sign the letter and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher or complete this form no later than Friday, March 24, 2023. If a letter is not received or this form is not completed, your child will be expected to participate in all assessments.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child and this year’s administration of the NYS Assessments, please feel free to contact building administrators by calling the main office.

Click this link for the New York State 3-8 Assessment Non-Participation Form

Haga clic en este enlace para obtener el formulario de exclusión voluntaria de la evaluación del estado de Nueva York para estudiantes en los grados 3-8