South Orangetown Central School District

2021 NYS 3-8 Assessments FAQ

The following set of frequently-asked questions and answers have been developed in an effort to explain the design, administration, results reporting for the New York State Grades 3-8 Assessments.

1. What are the New York State 3-8 Assessments?
These assessments were developed by the New York State Education Department to measure annual student progress in reading and math.

2. When will the 2018 New York State 3-8 Assessments take place?
The New York State ELA assessment will take place on: Tuesday, April 20. The New York State Math assessment will take place on: Tuesday, May 4.

3. How have the New York State 3-8 Assessments changed?

  • Assessments are one day and multiple choice only
  • Assessments are untimed and have been reduced in length by the removal of the embedded multiple-choice field test questions
  • Fully-remote students will not be required to come to CLE or SOMS in order to take the assessments
  • Make-ups will be administered the two days following the assessments
  • Due to our social distancing protocols, students who are opting out of the assessments will remain in their classrooms during the assessment. They will not be reassigned to alternative spaces as they had been in previous years.
  • Assessment results are not linked to teacher or school evaluations

4. When will parents receive the test results?
It is anticipated that the District will send home individual New York State Assessment reports in late August or early September by mail, dependent upon the New York State Education Department timeline.

5. How do I talk to my child about his or her scores?
It is extremely important that parent and teachers emphasize to children that these assessments and results are one small piece of demonstrating their abilities or what they know.

6. How does the school use the information from these assessments?
These assessments are one of multiple measures of student learning and will not be used for any decisions regarding class placement. However, information from these assessments is used to guide instructional decisions, as well as to provide intervention services to students who qualify, based on strengths and weaknesses in targeted academic areas.

For more information about the New York State 3-8 Assessments, go to the EngageNY website: