Students taking the grades 3-8 state assessments in English language arts and math will have one less day of testing for each subject beginning in Spring 2018.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) announced in June that it would be reducing the testing days from three to two in an effort to reduce time spent on testing and return that to teachers for classroom instruction. School districts were left with the decision of when to administer the tests from the existing three-day windows.
East Greenbush CSD will administer the ELA exams on April 11 and 12 and the math exams on May 1 and 2.
“The Regents and I continue to listen to the concerns of parents and teachers and to make additional adjustments to the grades 3-8 exams,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said of the decision. “In response to those public concerns, last year we reduced the number of test questions and moved to untimed testing. (This) decision is another important step in our efforts to deliver a rigorous testing regime that is responsive to the public’s concerns.”
This past spring, East Greenbush students scored 59% proficient in ELA and 61% proficient in math, which are both significantly higher than the state average.
“The decision to shorten the time required for testing from three days to two is another step in the right direction,” Superintendent Jeff Simons said. “We want our parents to understand these changes but also that these assessments provide valuable information to our district to continue to improve our instructional program.”
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