New York State Tests & Assessments
New York State Education Department Assessments Suspended
The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that the 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
‘It is most important that during the time of closure, schools are able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs, as they have been doing, and not be concerned about state assessments. NYSED has applied for federal waivers for testing, accountability and reporting requirements,” according to a statement from Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe.
This suspension applies to the following New York state testing programs:
New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.
It was announced by Chancellor Rosa that the June Regents Examinations are cancelled. We will implement our plan to replace these Regents Examinations with other opportunities for the students, ensuring that this decision will offer a benefit to them and not have a negative impact. Our school counselors and teachers will provide more information on this topic, but in summary, here a few likely scenarios:
If a student is in a course that ends in a Regents Exam and passes the course, the student is exempt from taking the Regents Exam.
If a student is in a course that ends in a Regents Exam and does not pass the course, the student will need to retake and pass the course in Summer School 2020 to be exempt from the Regents Exam.
The most emergent scenario: A student that is scheduled to graduate in June 2020 but needs to pass a Regents Exam that they previously did not pass, but passed the course, would be exempt from the Regents Exam in June.
New York State Testing Website
More information on New York State Testing is available on the NY State Education Department