Letter to Parents of Junior High School students
March 20, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of March, a month that bridges winter and spring, and one in which we must prepare for the New York State assessments and begin scheduling for next year.
The New York State assessments are given in the areas of mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), and science. All grades 3-8 students take the ELA and math assessments, while the science assessment is given only to fourth and eighth graders.
Dates for the NYS assessments are as follows:
March 28-30: ELA assessments
May 2-4: Math assessments
May 23-June 2: Grades 4 & 8 Science Performance Test
June 5: Grades 4 & 8 Science Written Test
Students and teachers have been working tirelessly to prepare not only for these tests, but also for any and all tests that they will take this year. Please remember assessments are an important tool for educators to improve instruction and student learning. State assessments also provide valuable information about the performance of your school and the district. Please encourage your child to put forth their best efforts.
Last year, the New York State Education Department announced some adjustments to the tests in response to concerns from parents and educators. The tests are no longer timed, which gives students the opportunity to work at their own pace, and there are fewer questions, all which have been reviewed by educators. Additionally, a moratorium has been placed on using student growth scores from the assessments in teacher and principal evaluations.
If you have any questions or concerns about the NYS assessments, please submit a letter in writing to your child’s classroom teacher by the Friday preceding the state test. For the NYS ELA assessment, we must hear from you by Friday, March 24; for the NYS math assessment we will need to hear from you by Friday, April 28 and for the science assessment by Friday, June 2.
Mr. Ryan Groat, WJSHS Principal