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2013 NYS ELA & MATH Common Core Tests Information for Parents. Presented by Stacey Guadalupe Staff Developer, Museum Magnet School. Grade 3-8 students. NYS ELA exams: April 16-18 NYS MATH exams: April 24-26. What is the ELA exam?. ELA stands for English Language Arts

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2013 nys ela math common core tests information for parents

2013 NYS ELA & MATH Common Core TestsInformation for Parents

Presented by Stacey Guadalupe

Staff Developer, Museum Magnet School


Grade 3 8 students
Grade 3-8 students

  • NYS ELA exams:

    April 16-18

  • NYS MATH exams:

    April 24-26


What is the ela exam
What is the ELA exam?

  • ELA stands for English Language Arts

  • It’s a reading, writing and thinking test administered by the New York State Department of Education

  • It measures how students are meeting specific

    ELA Common Core Standards


What is the math exam
What is the MATH exam?

  • It measures students’ performance on the Math Common Core Standards

  • It includes math computations &

    word problems.

  • Students must “show their work”


What are the standards
What are the Standards?

  • Standards are

    learning outcomes

  • What students should:

    • KNOW (knowledge or content)

    • DO (skills)


What is the common core
What is the Common Core?

  • ELA (English Language Arts) & Math standards

  • Elementary school - high school

  • Adopted by NYS in July 2010


What s the big deal about the common core
What’s the big deal about the Common Core?

  • They are for college & career readiness.

  • They are aligned with international benchmarks.

  • They have been adopted by 45 states, the District of Columbia & 4 territories thus far.


What the common core does not define
What the Common Core does not define:

  • How teachers should teach

  • All that can or should be taught

  • The interventions needed for students well below grade level

  • The full range of support for English language learners and students with special needs

  • Everything needed to be college and career ready


Who takes the nys ela math exams
Who takes the NYS ELA & Math exams?

  • All students in grades 3-8*.

  • This includes students with an IEP (individualized instruction plan) or are in a Special Ed. class. However, they will have extended time.


What is on the ela exam
What is on the ELA exam?

For all grades – Over the course of 3 days:

  • Multiple choice questions

    • 37 questions for grades 3&4

    • 63 questions for grades 5-8

  • 8 Short response questions

  • 2 Extended responsequestions (essays)


What is on the ela exam1
What is on the ELA exam?

For all grades – Over the course of

3 days:

  • Literary & Informational Text reading passages

    • Grades 3-4: about the same number of fiction & nonfiction

    • Grades 5-8: More nonfiction


What is on the math exam
What is on the MATH exam?

For all grades – over the course of 3 days:

  • Multiple choice questions

    (61-68 questions)

  • Short response questions

    (5-6 questions)

  • Extended response questions

    (3-4 questions)


How is the tests scored and what do the scores mean?The results are reported as 4 performance levels.


How do parents find out about test scores
How do parents find out about test scores?

  • Preliminary “cut” scores – met/did not meet standard -- are released in June

  • Summer school & hold over decisions are made in response to cut scores

  • Students attending summer school re-take NYS exams

  • In August, final NYS test scores released

  • Parents can log onto ARIS for scores

  • In September, parents receive a test report


How are test results used
How are test results used?

  • To guide classroom instruction.

  • Schools use the results from the NYS Test to help them make decisions about promotion to next grade.

  • For placement in extra help programs during school, after school or during summer school.


What can families do to help support students with the exams
What can families do to help support students with the exams?

  • Make sure students are reading everyday at home – fiction AND informational text

  • Have children come to school everyday and on time (including the extra support for at-risk students for 37.5 minutes at the beginning of the day).

  • Communicate with your child’s teacher.


What can families do to help support students with the exams1
What can families do to help support students with the exams?

  • Have your students do SUCCESS MAKER at home (especially during the Spring Recess)

  • Success Maker is an online technology ELA & Math skills program designed for student’s individual learning paths.


On the day of the exam make sure your child has
On the day of the exam make sure your child has:

  • Had a good night’s sleep

  • Eaten breakfast

  • Has their eyeglasses


Teachers College research indicated that students have to read at least

8 hours a week(in school and at home) to get high level 3 and level 4 on the ELA exam.


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