PS 29 John M. Harrigan School | 425 Henry St | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (718) 330-9277800-123-456

State Testing Information

State Testing Information 2018

Power Point presentations by Assistant Principal, Halee Hochman

3rd Grade Informational Testing Slide Show 

4th Grade Informational Testing Slide Show 

5th Grade Informational Testing Slide Show

FAQ’s State Testing Information 2018

  • When are the State Tests?  ELA State Tests are scheduled for April 11th and 12th and Math State Tests are scheduled for May 1st and 2nd.
  • What do the kids do when they are finished taking the exam? What happens in the class?- Once the student hands in the  exam, s/he can read quietly at their seat.
  • Who grades the test?  Teachers from elementary schools are assigned to score the constructed responses.  These teachers are trained and take a test before scoring students’ exams.  Those teachers who pass the test will then score specific questions and answers.  Teachers follow a rubric when scoring a student’s response.
  • When do parents get the results? And how? While we do not know the exact date, scores are usually released in August.  Parents should have access to their child’s score via NYC Accounts.  If parents need help accessing this site, they should  reach out to our parent coordinator, Monica.
  • What’s at stake for Middle School admissions? Each district 15 middle school (and beyond) has its own set of criteria for admissions, some of which does include the standardized test score.  NY State law now indicates that no more than 49% of middle school admissions can include the standardized tests.  Middle school admissions’ criteria are continuing to change each year.
  • Are teachers permitted to give prompts to help children? What prompts are used?– Teachers are not able to give individual prompts to students.  Teachers can give the class general reminders but nothing specific.
  • Are teachers permitted to give clarification to students? It depends on what the student is asking.  Teachers cannot answer questions related to the content of the exam passages or questions.  They can clarify directions if necessary.
  • What about field test questions? Are they embedded in the tests?  The State has decreased stand-alone field testing.  There will be embedded field test questions in both the ELA and math exams.
  • Will kids see examples of the test questions? Yes, students have been exposed to passages, multiple choice questions, and constructed response questions in their classrooms as they get ready to take the exams.
  • What does Book 1 & 2 mean?– Students work in a book on each day of the test- Book 1= Day 1; Book 2=Day 2; Book 2
  • If a parent has issues with a test, are they able to see a copy of it? If so, how?  In the fall if a parent would like to discuss their child’s test results they should contact Halee Hochman to set up a meeting.  Parents can view their child’s short and extended responses but do not have access to the multiple choice passages and questions.
  • How are the scaled scores decided?  The State makes this determination. This is not public information at this time.
  • Is there a penalty for wrong answers? No there is not.
  • Can children go through all books each day and recheck? Yes, students can go through their test books for that particular day until they’re ready to hand in the exam.  Once the test book is handed in they cannot ask for it back.
  • Will the test scores show on the school’s portal on the DOE site? Yes, test results are eventually displayed in the School Quality Snapshot under the Statistics and Budget tab on the DOE site.
  • What time of day are the tests given? Tests are given in the morning.  Exams begin at around 9 AM and no later than 9:15 AM.
  • Can kids take a bathroom break? Yes, of course.  If a student needs to use the bathroom, s/he should ask the teacher.
  • FAQs about Opting Out of State ELA and Math Tests (March 2018)

  • How do I officially opt my child out of the state tests?

    • First let your child’s teacher know that you are thinking of opting your child out of the test(s).
    • A family member would then need to write a letter to Rebecca or Halee indicating that they are refusing to have their child take the 2018 NYS exams.  Please not that you can refuse to have your child take all or only specific exams so please be specific in your letter.
    • The letter needs to include your child’s name, class number and is signed by the family member.
  • What do students who are not taking the test do during the days of the test?
    • Students will be assigned to lower grade classrooms while testing is taking place.
    • Students will work on independent projects during this time.
    • Once the test is complete for that day they will return to their classrooms.
  • Why would my child need state tests? How can this impact the middle school admissions process?
    • Middle schools are changing their admissions criteria every year. Parents will need to keep themselves abreast of those changes.We cannot say how not having scores will impact a child’s admission to a middle school. Within District 15, alone, we know that middle schools vary from year to year on the weight of these exams among admissions criteria, and, again, we do not know how the omission of a child’s score can impact their application.
  • What is PS 29’s official position on testing and opting out?
    • We are required to administer the State exams.
    • It is a family’s decisions as to whether or not they want their child to take the exams.