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New York suspends 3-8 assessments for 2019-20 school year.

The New York State Education Department announced on Friday, Mar. 20, that the Board of Regents and NYSED have suspended the NYS 3-8 assessments for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. (Read the full statement on the NYSED site.) Regents Chancellor Rosa and Interim Commissioner Tahoe’s statement does NOT mention Regents exams or other tests. This announcement only applies to the following New York State testing programs:/p>

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

This news relieves students, parents, and educators of the unnecessary pressure of preparing for the assessments. It does not, however, remove the tremendous burden of continuing our students’ education while schools are closed. Please do not let down. They need our very best teaching and emotional supports to get them through this time and to prepare them for their eventual return.

Jeremy Rich, Superintendent
Central Valley School District