From Tuesday, March 28 – Thursday, March 30, students in grades 3 – 8 who attend a school in New York State will be taking the State’s English Language Arts Tests. These annual tests, in conjunction with the State’s Mathematics Test (May 2 – 4), “are designed to measure how well students are mastering (the State’s) learning standards.

Here in New York City, we believe that students are much more than one test. Our schools evaluate student performance by factoring in multiple measures – like school work, grades, and class projects – when making decisions regarding promotion and enrollment.

So if you are one of our students who is getting ready to take one of these ELA exams, what does this mean for you?

Well, it means that you can breathe – State tests are just one of the many ways our schools are evaluating your performance. Do not worry too much about your final score; just do your best, continue attending school, and complete your school assignments and projects throughout the rest of the school year.

In addition, if you are a student, consider the following tips for each night during the exam period:

  • Put your books and study guides aside;
  • Enjoy a favorite meal, and share a relaxing evening with your family;
  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep;
  • Have confidence in yourself;
  • Eat breakfast during the day of your exam; and
  • Remember; everyone feels stress at times. You can get through this.

Finally, it is important to remember that last year, the State made changes to their annual exams in response to legitimate concerns from parents and educators over previous years’ tests. This year, the following changes will remain in place:

  • Exams have fewer questions;
  • These is no time limit for students as long as they are working productively; and
  • Students, including those who require accommodations, will be able to work at their own pace to allow them to fully demonstrate their knowledge of the subject being tested.

So you see? Don’t worry, students; you got this:


For further information regarding this year’s State ELA test, visit the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) website, and check out their Parents’ FAQ and Parent Guide.

We wish all of our students tremendous success throughout this testing season!


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