NY State Math Test

Who takes this test?

New for school year 2020-21: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has determined that it will not be possible to administer Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams remotely. Assessments will be school-based and in-person. Schools will reach out to families to determine which students are interested in participating in state exams. Only students whose families have replied with a request to test will participate in the Spring 2021 exams.

Students in grades 3–8 take the State Mathematics test each spring. For 2021, more information is included in the Student Participation Guide for Grades 3-8 New York State tests.

English Language Learners are required to take the State math tests but may take a test translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (traditional & simplified), Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, or Spanish. When tests are not available in the student's native language, the test may be translated orally. Students with disabilities may take the NY State Alternate Assessments in place of the general State test, if specified on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

When is this test given?

For school year 2020-21, math exam dates are May 3-14.

What is on the test?

For school year 2020-21 only, the math test will be a one-day, untimed test, containing only multiple-choice questions.

How is the test scored?

The NY State Grades 3-8 exams are multiple-choice only, and scored via an automated scanning process.

How are the results reported?

The number of correct answers a student gives on a test is converted into the student’s “scale score.” Scale scores are divided into four performance levels. Schools distribute test results on Individual Student Reports for each family. The Student Report includes the student's scale score, performance level, and information on his or her strengths and weaknesses in the different skill areas tested.

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