Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests are administered to students across New York State. These annual ELA and math tests for students in grades 3-8 are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace. The tests also show how schools and districts are progressing with the learning standards and can support professional development for teachers.
Due to COVID-19 during the 2019-20 school year, the New York State Education Department elected to waive the NYS Grade 3-8 Assessments.
As the 2020-21 school year gets underway, NYSED and the Board of Regents continue to make its primary focus the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of the children and adults in schools. It will continuously monitor the situation and provide updated guidance, as the situation requires.
This will include NYSED and the Board of Regents closely monitoring the feasibility and fairness of administering the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests next spring. At this time, no final decision regarding the 2021 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests has been made.
Documents for 2019 are available to download below.