NYS Assessments 2019

March 1, 2019

Dear CES Families,

I hope this letter finds you well, and that you enjoyed the February break with your family.  In a few weeks, New York State assessments in ELA, math, and Science will be upon us.  The schedule for state assessments is as follows:

·     ELA (Grades 3-5):  Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd

·     Math (Grades 3-5):   Wednesday, May 1st and Thursday, May 2nd

·     Science (Grade 4):   Monday, June 3rd

Last year, thanks to the teamwork and support we received from you, CES achieved a whopping 99% participation on the NYS assessments!  In part because of this success, CES is recognized in New York State as a “School In Good Standing” with New York State.  This was a huge accomplishment, and this year, we need to keep up the great work.  Every student’s participation makes a difference. 

With this in mind, here are a few things to know about the test.  The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has implemented a compelling array of revisions after listening to concerns expressed by parents, teachers, students, and community members. 

·     Testing days for ELA and math have dropped from 3 days per subject to just 2 days.

·     Assessments are no longer timed; students may use as much time as they need.

·     Assessment results will not be stored in students’ permanent records or transcripts.

·     Assessment results will not be used to measure teacher effectiveness.

·     Assessment results cannot be used on their own to determine program decisions for students.  

“So why should my children participate in the assessments?”

·     Assessment data allows our teachers and administrators to examine how CES students are performing compared with their peers from across the state.

·     Assessment data gives us a tool to ensure that our teaching methods are truly effective. 

·     CES teachers are involved in grading the NYS assessments.

·     Participation in the assessments gives your child practice taking a standardized test, so that they are confidently prepared for Middle School and High School test-taking experiences.

To encourage everyone to take part, every student in Grades 3-5 will receive a freet-shirt that says “Success!”  Our faculty and staff will share in the school spirit with t-shirts that say “No Stress.” Our goal for student participation this year is 99%.  Once we meet this goal, we’ll celebrate in June with a BBQ party and live DJ.

I’d like to invite you to an Operation Opt-In Workshop on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm.  I will provide you with further information about the NYS assessments and the recent, compelling improvements to them, and answer any questions you may have.  I look forward to seeing you then. 

Warm regards,

John Rivers
John Rivers, Principal

Catskill Elementary School

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