Superintendent of Schools' Testing Letter
Published on 4/15/21
April 9, 2021
Dear Syracuse City School District Families,
The United Stated Department of Education (USDE) recently announced that they would not approve New York State’s waiver request to forego the state assessments this year. As a result, all districts including the Syracuse City School District will be administering the state assessments this year.
The State Education Department will administer only Session 1 of the grades 3-8 assessments in Mathematics and ELA and only the written test component of the Grades 8 Science Test. Additionally, the Algebra I and Living Environment Regents exams will be administered in June and will not be required to meet any graduation criteria, as long as the student has passed the course ending in the exam. The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) and New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) are also being administered for students who are able to safely come into school and take the assessments.
The English-Language Arts (ELA) Assessment window is April 19-29. The NYS Math Assessment window is May 3-14. The NYS 4th and 8th grade science test window is June 7-11. The NYSESLAT window is April 19-June 9. The NYSAA window is March 8-June 9. Regents exams will be administered June 17-24.
These assessments are just one tool to help parents understand how their children are progressing toward academic goals and state standards. Teachers will use the data combined with other important factors – including classwork, quizzes, report card grades, and teacher feedback – to provide you with a more complete picture of how your child is doing.
Please remember that on testing day it is important that your child:
• gets a good night’s sleep • eats a nutritious breakfast • attends school and is on time • keeps the same daily routines in your home • is encouraged to do their personal best before leaving for school
If you have any questions please contact your child’s school directly.
Jaime Alicea Superintendent of Schools
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