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The New York State Education Department has delayed the release of results of the 2018 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests until the end of September. In part, this delay has been a result of the State Education Department’s effort to ensure that the data generated is both a valid and reliable measurement of student achievement on the NYS Learning Standards.

Like all districts, East Greenbush Central School District is awaiting Individual Student Reports, subgroup analysis and aggregate data reports from the tests administered this past spring.

The delay in results has three important effects:

  1. Parents will not be receiving their child’s test results in the mail from Northeastern Regional Information Center until at least the end of September.
  2. All students who required Academic Intervention Services last year will continue to receive the same services until the district can review the 2018 test results.
  3. School administrators and staff will review other measurements such as research-based universal screeners and benchmark assessments to determine if additional students should receive Academic Intervention Services to start the school year.

The State Education Department annually establishes cut points which identify student performance (proficiency) levels which determine those students who are required by the State Education Department to receive Academic Intervention Services. Academic Intervention Services is the provision of additional focused instruction and increased student-teacher instructional contact time designed to help students master the learning standards.

The intensity of Academic Intervention Services in East Greenbush Central School District varies and is designed to be responsive to each student’s needs.

“This unfortunate delay will require our building principals and staff to closely look at other measurements to determine whether other students may need to receive AIS support at the start of the 2018-19 school year,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction James McHugh. “Once the 2018 test scores have been released, each of our schools’ Instructional Support Teams will review and revise those lists to best ensure that all of our students are getting the necessary support to be successful.”