New York State Assessments in English Language Arts will be administered to all students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 beginning on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and continuing through Thursday, April 3, 2014. Students who miss all or part of the exam on those test dates will be able to make the exam between April 4-8. With the exception of certain English Language Learners (ELL's), this exam is required of all students in Grades 3-5. Results will be used, in part, to determine students' instructional programs for the 2014-15 school year.
The exams themselves will consist of three booklets, one per test day on each grade level, which will assess students' literacy skills. Over the course of the three days of testing, students will be required to read a number of informational and fiction selections and to answer multiple-choice questions, listen to a spoken passage and compose brief written responses, and read and compare two passages by composing a written response.
English Language Learners (ELL's) may be exempted from taking the English Language Arts Assessments in Grades 6-8 for one year. This is the one and only exemption that they will be given for the English Language Arts Assessments. Parents of Englihs Language Learners who are unsure if their children need to take the ELA Assessment or not should contact their child's principal. Alternatvely, they may also contact Dr. Thomas Moss, Supervisor of English, Reading, and Library (516-733-2147), or Ms. Robin Throne, Supervisor of Modern Languages, ESL, and RISE 9516-733-2144).