South Orangetown Central School District

This message was emailed via SchoolMessenger to families with students in grades 3-8 on Friday, March 1.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The New York State ELA assessment will be administered on Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3; and the Math assessment will be administered on Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, for students in grades 3 – 8.

As you know, we are required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to administer these assessments and we are confident that our students are well prepared to be successful.

The NYSED reminders for the assessments:

• Assessments are two days
• Assessments are untimed
• These assessment results are no longer linked to teacher and principal evaluations
• All questions have been developed by NYS teachers
• NYSED will release 75% of test questions
• Parent score reports have been transformed to be more user-friendly and useful to parents

We are asking parents to have their children participate in taking these assessments and to encourage them to do their best. Please be reminded that these assessments are just one measure of student performance which helps inform instruction and will not be used for class placement decisions.

If you are not planning to have your child participate in this year’s state assessments, please notify your child’s principal by sending in a note to his/her teacher or emailing them directly (Cottage Lane Elementary School Principal Karen Ramirez at / South Orangetown Middle School Principal Dr. Chad Corey at no later than Wednesday, March 27.

Students who do not participate will have an opportunity to read or complete schoolwork in a separate room. Providing information to your child’s principal in a timely manner will enable them to better prepare, schedule, and provide all students with the best possible classroom environment.

Please feel free to contact your child’s principal should you have further questions. You may also find additional information on our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.


Robert R. Pritchard, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools