Dear Parents/Guardians of 3rd-8th Grade Students,
Next week, students in grades 3-8 will take the New York State ELA Test, followed by the New York State Math Test at the end of April/beginning of May. Eighth graders will also take the New York State Eighth Grade Science Test in May/June. The testing days are: ELA, April 1st-April 3rd, Math, April 30th-May 2nd, and Eighth Grade Science, May 21st and June 2nd.
Purpose of the Tests: The testing provides us with valuable insight that serves two specific purposes. First, we use this data to make instructional decisions for each individual student, in combination with various other pieces of data that are collected throughout the year. Secondly, it allows us, as an educational team, to improve our instructional practices through data analysis. The tests have no negative impact on students, but rather help us to make instructional decisions that enable us to offer the best education possible for your children.
Attendance: The tests are mandatory for all children. If your child misses a session he/she must make it up. It is much easier to take the tests in sequence with one's classmates, so please encourage regular attendance during those times. It is important to be on time for school to ensure a smooth start on testing days.
Rest: Encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep each night.
Breakfast: Many studies have shown that students perform much better after a healthy meal. If you can, sit down and have a nice breakfast with your child. We will be providing a healthy snack for the kids each morning as well.
Relax: Each of our students has worked hard this year to be critical thinkers, close readers, and innovative problem-solvers. We are confident that your child is well prepared to do their best on these tests, and that they do not have to worry or stress about them. Please join us in being supportive and encourage your child to relax. Assure them that we all expect them to simply do their best work.
Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions or concerns.
Mary Anne O’Connell Eric Coriale
Elementary Principal Middle School Principal