NYC Students Will Spend Less Time Testing in 2018

Students will spend less time taking the State’s ELA and Math exams this year, as the number of testing days for each subject has been reduced from three days to two.

From Wednesday, April  11 – Thursday, April 12, students in grades 3–8 who attend New York City’s public schools will be taking New York State’s English Language Arts Test.

This annual test, in conjunction with the State’s Mathematics Test (May 1–2), is required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, and is “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 breatheState tests are just one of the many ways City 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.
This Year's Math Exam Will Be Given on 5/1–5/2

If you would like to some of the questions that were on last year’s State ELA exams, check out NYSED’s Engage NY webpage.

Finally, it is important to remember that the State made changes to their annual exams in response to legitimate concerns from parents and educators:

  • This year, students will spend one less day taking each of the two State exams. This means that students will take each subject test over only two testing days instead of three as in past years.
  • As in 2016 and 2017, these is no time limit for students as long as they are working productively.

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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