Common Core Assessments


What is the essential reason underlying the State assessments?
With the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the New York State Assessments began in 1999 with 4th and 8th grade ELA and math.  With the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). States have been required to test students in ELA and math annually in grades 3 through 8 and once in grades 10-12.  States are also required to test students in science once in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 10-12. In 2012-13, the New York State Department of Education made significant changes to the State Assessments, which included transitioning to the Common Core Standards.  The State Assessments measure student progress with regard to skills and content knowledge. 

What is a test refusal?
A test refusal is when a parent of a student refuses to have his/her child take the assessment.  As described in the 2014-15 NYS Student Information Repository System (SIRS) Manual, a refusal is defined with a final score of “999” and a standard achievement score of 96 on all State testing including ELA and math.  A refusal is not designated as an absence as they are defined differently and scored with different standard achieved codes as specified in the SIRS Manual.

Can a student refuse a Regents exam?
Should a student refuse to take a Regents exam, it may ultimately result in impacting a student’s ability to meet requirements to graduate from high school.  It is advisable that students take a Regents exam as it is a component of their final grade for a course and Regents exams are posted to the student’s transcript.  Please note that Regents exams are prepared with significant input from educators in the field.  We believe that these tests are a valid indication of a student’s performance in an academic area.

If my child takes one component of the Assessment, what will happen if they do not complete the Assessment?
Should a student take any component of an Assessment, he/she will receive a score.  We do not advise a student not completing the Assessment once he/she has begun as it will have an adverse effect on a teacher's performance score.

What are the consequences if the students do not participate in the State Assessments?
If a student does not participate in the State Assessments, he/she will not receive feedback from the State Education Department in comparison to other students who were administered the Assessments.  Three Village uses a multi-assessment approach to address a student’s progress and growth to meeting the standards.

Will a student’s placement be impacted in any way if he/she takes the Assessment?
The Assessments may not and will not be used for student placement, retention or promotion. Unlike Regents examinations, State Assessments will not be part of the student’s permanent records nor will they be posted to the student’s transcript.

Is there any benefit to having a student take the Assessment?
Feedback from the State Assessments provides educators information on student progress and related needs from grades 3-8.

Is there any penalty to the district if too many students opt out?
At this time, the consequence for not achieving 95% participation on State Assessments has not been clearly defined.  If a school or district fails to have 95% of its students in grades 3-8 participate on the State Assessments for three years in a row, that school or district will be designated as a Local Assistance Plan School (LAP) and will be required to submit an improvement plan to the State Education Department.  Unless student participation rates meet or achieve the 95% requirement and student performance levels meet state expectations, a school will be prevented from receiving designation as a reward school.

Will State Assessments be used for placement in Honors Programs at the junior highs?
No.  The district does not use any single criterion in determining student placement, services, promotion or retention.

If yes, what is the protocol if the student opted out of the State Assessments and only has a score from a few years ago?

Will State Assessments be used for placement in the IG program?
No.  There are six criteria which are used for IG placement.  Please refer to the IG Program.

Will a child still be able to obtain AIS services if they do not take the State Assessments?
Yes.  Placement in Academic Intervention Services is also conducted by teacher recommendations and other criteria.

For the children that are opted out, what will they be doing while the test is being administered?  
Students will be placed in a separate location and allowed to read, write in a journal or make up other work as directed by the building principal.

How will the State Assessment grades affect our teachers?
State Assessments are used as a part of the teacher Annual Professional Performance Review.

What is the number of students that are needed to opt out for a teacher not to receive a State-generated score?
According to the guidance from the State Education Department, for teachers of 4th through 8th  ELA and math and their principals, the minimum number of scores required for a State generated score for an educator is 16 scores.  This could be, for instance, 16 scores in one subject or 8 students who have scores in ELA and math.

Can we opt out our children from benchmarking?
No.  Benchmarking is conducted in schools to determine the reading level of students.  This information is imperative in order to assist students in their academic progress.  

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