Released 2016 3-8 ELA and Mathematics State Test Questions (June 2016)

Common Core Learning Standards

Parent Guide

Testing Info March 2015
DOE's Frequently Asked Questions Parent Guide on Student Participation in State Exams Grades 3 to 8


Change the Stakes Frequently Asked Questions

Public School Parents Coming Together To Take Action
Toolkit 2014

Tests for English Language Learners (ELLs)
New students who speak languages other than English at home take the Language Assessment Battery (LAB-R) test within ten days of starting school in New York State. The LAB-R assesses students’ English language skills. Educators use the results of the assessment to determine whether students should receive special services to help them learn English. 

Students who receive English as a second language assistance take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)

every year to determine how well they are learning English. Students will continue to receive special language services until their scores on the NYSESLAT are high enough to show that they are ready to participate in English-only programs. Educators also use students’ NYSESLAT scores to help determine which instructional standards to focus on, and to evaluate their programs.

Students who are unable to understand the math, science, and social studies State tests in English may take versions translated into Chinese (traditional), Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, or Spanish. When tests are not available in the student's native language, the test may be translated orally to the student. ELLs who have been in the United States for less than one year are not required to take the New York State ELA test in their grade, but must start taking ELA tests after their first year.