New York State Testing Program (Grades 3-8)

All students in grades 3 through 8 are required to complete state assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Additionally, a state science examination is required for students in grades 4 and 8.

State assessments will be given on the following dates in 2013-14:

English Language Arts (Grades 3-8)
April 11-13, 2018

Mathematics (Grades 3-8)
May 1-3, 2018

Science (Grades 4 & 8 )
Performance Test – May 23 & 30, 2018, Written Test – June 4, 2018

Beginning 2012-13, state assessments in ELA and Math are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.  These standards aim to ensure that all students develop foundational skills in literacy and math that support their readiness for success in college or career.  As state assessments shift to reflect these higher expectations for student learning, we may expect the following:

  • Reading passages will be authentic, with increased emphasis on non-fiction and reading for information.
  • Reading passages will be longer and more rigorous than on past tests.
  • Writing tasks will require students to respond directly to reading passages – to inform, describe, explain, or respond, using specific details from the text to support their claims.
  • Math problems may often require students to solve problems in a real-world application.
  • Math questions may address more than one skill or concept, and may require multiple steps to solve a problem.

The following resources are provided for parents who seek additional information about the New York State Testing Program: