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New York State Testing

Testing and the New York State Assessments

At the elementary and middle school level, all New York State students in grades 3-8 take standardized tests in math and English language arts (ELA) in the spring. There are also state-wide science tests for students in grades 4 and 8, which are typically held after the math and ELA exams. At the high school level, students take N.Y.S. Regents exams in a variety of subjects in January and June.

State tests at all grade levels provide officials, administrators, and parents with an overall picture of student performance across the state. The results also help schools determine an individual student's academic strengths and weaknesses. Though testing does not fully reflect a student's capabilities, it can help teachers and parents work together to maximize the benefits the student receives from his/her education.

State Test Results
Parents have access to their child's scores on grades 3-8 assessments through the SchoolTool Parent Portal. They should receive an individual student report later in the fall, usually around mid-October.

Recent News

Changes ahead for ELA 3-8 testing

School districts throughout New York, including Liberty, have been notified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that annual state testing of students in grades 3 through 8 will be done differently this year. read more

Graduation requirements available for students and parents

Please click here for the Graduation Requirements (PDF).


Additional Resources
· Explanation of different types of and exams and assessments (PDF)
· Using data to guide instruction and improve learning (PDF)
· Parent’s guide to higher learning standards (PDF)
· What parents need to know about high standards and assessments (PDF)
· Frequently asked questions about 3-8 assessments (PDF)
· Don't stress about the test (PDF)

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