Who takes this test?
Students in grades 3–8 take the State Mathematics test each spring.
English Language Learners are required to take the State math tests but may take a test translated into Chinese (traditional), 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?
The test is given over the course of two days. In 2019, the math exams administration dates are May 1–2, with make-up exams on May 3, and May 6–8.
What is on the test?
The math test is an untimed test that contains several different types of questions. Students answer multiple choice and open-ended questions.
How is the test scored?
The NY State Grades 3–8 exams are scored by licensed and trained New York City teachers. The exams are scored through a distributed scoring process, meaning no student’s exam is scored by a teacher from the student’s school. This scoring complies with NY State Education Department DOE policy regarding scoring of State exams.
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 Parent Reports for each family. The Parent Report includes the student's scale score, performance level, and information on his or her strengths and weaknesses in the different skill areas tested.
How are the results used?
State assessments are an important part of a student’s core educational program. They:
- evaluate student mastery of content and skills in various areas,
- measure the extent to which students are on track to graduate high school, and are college- and career ready, and
- help shape future instruction.
Along with student work on classroom assignments, projects, essays, and assessments, State test results give teachers information about where students are on their path toward college and careers.
The DOE uses test results to see how schools are performing and to identify areas where schools can be better supported. In addition, some DOE programs and middle and high schools use State test results as one component of decisions about admissions. Students without State test results can still apply for these programs but may need to take additional steps. These State tests will not have grade-promotion consequences for students or formal evaluation consequences for teachers or principals until at least the 2019-2020 school year. Any metrics based on these assessments will be used for developmental or formative purposes only.