Important Information from Dr. Cook: NYS Grades 3-8 Assessments

March 23, 2022

Dear Catskill CSD Families,

Please allow this correspondence to serve as a reminder that New York State Grades 3-8 Assessments are scheduled to begin next week. The schedule is listed below:


Assessment Test Administration Date Make-Up Test Dates
English Language Arts Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
April 1, 2022 through April 8, 2022


Mathematics Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
April 29, 2022 through May 9, 2022


Science Performance Test (Grades 4 & 8 only) (Open Window)
May 24, 2022 through June 3, 2022
(Open Window)
May 24, 2022 through June 3, 2022
Science Written Test (Grades 4 & 8 only) Monday June 6, 2022 June 7-10, 2022

The Grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessments consist of two testing sessions. This means that students will take each subject test over two testing days. Day one is a multiple-choice format, day two is a short answer response format.  

The Grade 4 & 8 Science assessment is also given in two sessions; part one is a hands-on performance test, part two is a multiple-choice format.

These tests are untimed.  As long as students are working productively, they will have as much time as they need to complete each test session, within the confines of the regular school day.

The results of these assessments help the district to determine:

  • which NYS standards students are mastering and which standards continue to present challenges
  • which student groups are in need of additional supports
  • where to target additional resources

These tests are not connected to any teacher or administrator evaluations.

We strongly encourage all students to participate in the New York State Assessments and will provide whatever support is needed to ensure their success.

Please feel free to contact your child’s principal if you have any additional questions concerning the assessments.

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Ronel Cook
Superintendent of Schools

Posted in District, Elementary School, Middle School.