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Assessment Test Opt Out Option By April 15

| April 12, 2021

Dear North Colonie families,

Earlier this year, the New York State Board of Regents asked the federal Department of Education for a waiver to allow the state to cancel federally required 3rd-8th grade math and English language arts tests and 4th and 8th grade science tests. In late February, the federal Education Department announced that it was not approving waivers, but it was giving states more flexibility for this year’s tests. Additionally, for this year’s test administration, the federal government is waiving all accountability requirements. Accordingly, school districts and teachers will not be evaluated on test results nor will they be penalized in any way if the participation rate is less than 95% of eligible students.

In light of the increased flexibility, in March, the state Board of Regents acted on a series of emergency regulations.

  • For the Spring 2021 administration, schools will be required to administer only Session 1 of the ELA and mathematics tests to students.
  • The shortened version of the exams means that students will have one day of testing; which is exclusively multiple choice for the ELA assessment and one day of testing which is exclusively multiple choice for the math assessment.
  • Previously, the exams had two parts, with session two featuring long answer written responses. Similarly, students in fourth and eighth grades taking the science test will only have to complete one test session, the written portion and will not have to take the second session, the performance test.

As always our teachers will use these state assessments to help identify what our students have learned in relation to the standards for their grade level. Your child’s scores on the state tests will not affect their grades. Although no single test can provide a complete picture of a child’s abilities, when combined with grades, classroom activities, unit quizzes and tests, annual assessments help us determine how we can best support a student’s learning moving forward. With all of these, we simply ask that our students try their best.

  • ELA assessments for grades 3-8 must be scheduled from April 19-29.
  • Math assessment window is May 3-14.
  • Science assessments for grades 4 and 8 will take place June 7-9.
  • Another significant change this year is that not all students have to sit for the test on the same date. 
  • As a reminder, North Colonie will be using the paper-based tests. All tests will be given in schools.

These are the dates for the upcoming ELA exam by school:

Blue Creek

In-person:

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4: April 21

Grade 5: April 23

Grade 6: April 27

Remote: 

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4-6: April 20

 

Boght Hills

In-person:

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4: April 20

Grade 5: April 22

Grade 6: April 26

Remote: 

Grade 3: April 20

Grade 4-6: April 20

 

Forts Ferry

In-person:

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4: April 21

Grade 5: April 23

Grade 6: April 27

Remote: 

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4-6: April 20

 

Latham Ridge

In-person:

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4: April 20

Grade 5: April 22

Grade 6: April 26

Remote: 

Grade 3: April 20

Grade 4-6: April 20

 

Loudonville

In-person:

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4: April 21

Grade 5: April 23

Grade 6: April 27

Remote: 

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4-6: April 20

 

Southgate

In-person:

Grade 3: April 19

Grade 4: April 20

Grade 5: April 22

Grade 6: April 26

Remote: 

Grade 3: April 20

Grade 4-6: April 20

 

Grades 7 and 8

In-person:

(Hybrid): April 21

Remote: 

April 19

For families of in-person students only

  • If you would like to opt your child out of the state assessments this year, we ask you to fill out this quick opt out form and return it by 4PM, Thursday, April 15, so that we can prepare properly. 
  • On the day of the assessment, your child will be asked to complete quiet seatwork or independent reading while others are taking the assessment. 
  • We anticipate that the testing period from the time exams are handed out and directions given until the time exams are collected will be approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on grade level.

Students who have been learning remotely

  • Do not have to come in to take the test, but if they want to do so, the district will make accommodations.
  • Families of remote students have already been surveyed regarding their desire to take the state assessments. If you think you missed this opportunity to complete the remote survey, you have until 4PM Monday, April 12th to contact:

Grade 3-6, Remote Elementary School – kholden@ncolonie.org

Grade 7-8, Remote Secondary School – jzadoorian@ncolonie.org; dawnlange@ncolonie.org; crystalfox@ncolonie.org

This letter can be translated: on our website, you have the option to change the language preference. Near the top right side of the screen, there is a dropdown menu to choose the language you prefer.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s principal. 

Sincerely,

D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools 

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