NYS Assessments for Grade 3, Grade 8 suspended

The New York State Board of Regents and the state Education Department announced March 20 that the Grade 3 and Grade 8 state assessments have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

“It is most important that during the time of closure, schools are able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs, as they have been doing, and not be concerned about state assessments. NYSED has applied for federal waivers for testing, accountability and reporting requirements,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that states may cancel any scheduled standardized tests for this school year.

This suspension applies to the following New York sState testing programs:

  • Grades 3-8 English Language Arts
  • Grades 3-8 Mathematics
  • Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science
  • Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science
  • English as a Second Language Achievement Test in Grades K-12
  • Alternate Assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school