Update: New York State Education Department (NYSED) testing for Grades 3-8

Dear Grade 3-8 Parents & Guardians:

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk will be participating in the New York State Education Department (NYSED) testing for Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.  Students in grades 4 and 8 will also participate in NYS Science assessments.   Due to the pandemic and the restrictions placed on instruction, NYSED has made some changes to the assessment.  

  • Reduction in the number of questions so that only Session One of ELA, Math, and Science will be administered

  • NYSED has allowed for some additional flexibility in scheduling the assessments.  The anticipated schedule is located at the bottom of this letter.

Complete Remote Instruction Students:

NYSED is not requiring students who participate in complete remote instruction (CRI) to participate remotely in NYS assessments for the 2020-21 school year.  For those CRI families and students who would like to participate, we would like to offer the opportunity for students to do so.  Parents will need to transport students to school before the start of the test and will need to transport students home when the test has been completed. Start times will depend upon the number of CRI students participating in the test and will be communicated to parents by noon on the Friday before the test.  

For planning purposes, please let us know if your child will be participating in the testing,  by completing this Google Form by Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

We encourage all students who are able to participate in NYS assessments for the following reasons:

  • Fostering student ability to “show what they know” in various ways

  • Supplying teachers with additional information about student learning and growth

  • Providing the district with valuable information that may affect programming

  • Allowing students to practice stamina and resilience for future independence

We understand that this has been a unique year for our students and community.  We want to say “thank you” to our teachers and teaching staff for their ongoing efforts in teaching our students through these unprecedented times.  If you have any questions regarding NYS assessments or your child’s learning, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or principal.

Schedule of NYS Assessments 2021

A.W. Becker Testing Dates

Grade

ELA Test

Math Test

Science

Grade 3

Tuesday, April 20th

Tuesday, May 4th

No Test

Grade 4

Tuesday, April 20th

Tuesday, May 4th

Tuesday, June 15th

Pieter B. Testing Dates

Grade

ELA Test

Math Test

Science

Grade 3

Wednesday, April 21st

Wednesday, May 5th

No Test

Grade 4

Wednesday, April 21st

Wednesday, May 5th

Wednesday, June 16th

Middle School Testing Dates

Grade

ELA Test

Math Test

Science

Grade 5 & 6

Wednesday, April 21st

Tuesday, May 4th

No Test

Grade 7 (Yellow)

Wednesday, April 21st 

Tuesday, May 4th

No Test

Grade 7 (Green)

Tuesday, April 20th

Wednesday, May 5th

No Test

High School Testing Dates

Grade

ELA Test

Math Test

Science

Grade 8 (Yellow)

Wednesday, April 21st

Tuesday, May 4th

Wednesday, June 9th

Grade 8 (Green)

Tuesday, April 20th

Wednesday, May 5th

Thursday, June 10th