What are the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics and Science tests and why do students take them?


Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics and science Tests are administered to students across New York State. These annual ELA, math and science tests for students in grades 3-8 are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. (Note: Administration of the 2020 elementary and middle level State assessments was suspended due to school closures as a result of COVID-19.)


Although assessments represent only a small part of the total picture, 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 workplace. The tests also show how schools and districts are progressing with the learning standards and can be used to support professional development for teachers.


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