Opt In to State Testing

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    Three adults hold a 'Hop in to Opt In' sign. Why Every Student Should Opt In

    The New York State Department of Education has made some significant changes to the NYS 3–8 Assessments because of feedback received from schools, parents, and other key stakeholders.

    Below you will find a summary of the changes from the 2017 administration to the 2019 administration for both ELA and Math assessments. The data from these assessments is used instructionally by classroom teachers.

    After review, if you have any questions, please contact the Geneva City School District Office of Accountability at (315) 781-0400 ext. 1200.

  • Testing Changes

  • Grades 3-6 NYS ELA Assessments

    • Only 2 days of testing instead of 3
    • Reduction of 3 reading passages
    • Reduction of 7 multiple choice questions
    • Reduction of 1 short constructed response question
    • Reduction of 1 extended response question
       

    Grades 7, 8 NYS ELA Assessments

    • Only 2 days of testing instead of 3
    • Reduction of 3 reading passages
    • Reduction of 7 multiple choice questions
    • Reduction of 1 extended response question 
  • Grade 3 NYS Math Assessment

    • Only 2 days of testing instead of 3
    • Reduction of 11 multiple choice questions
    • Addition of 1 short constructed response
    • Reduction of 2 extended response questions

    Grades 4, 5 NYS Math Assessments

    • Only 2 days of testing instead of 3
    • Reduction of 7 multiple choice questions
    • Reduction of 3 extended response questions

    Grade 6 NYS Math Assessment

    • Only 2 days of testing instead of 3
    • Reduction of 13 multiple choice questions
    • Addition of 1 short constructed response question
    • Reduction of 3 extended response questions

    Grade 7, 8 NYS Math Assessments

    • Only 2 days of testing instead of 3
    • Reduction of 11 multiple choice questions
    • Addition of 1 short constructed response question
    • Reduction of 3 extended response questions
  • In addition to the immediate changes to the assessments, NYS has worked collaboratively with parents, teachers and experts in the field to revise ELA and mathematics standards for grades Pre-K–12.

    The implementation of these standards will be phased in over the next few years. Check out the revised standards on the State Education website.

    To review the current test design for both math and ELA assessments, visit Engage NY.

    In the Geneva City School District, the 2019 NYS 3–8 assessments will be held on:

    • ELA: April 2–3, 2019
    • Mathematics: May 1–2, 2019
  • Reasons to Opt In

    • GCSD and individual buildings cannot get out of accountability status if assessment participation is below 95 percent. The refusal data:

     

    North Street School refusal data.
    Test Number of Students Percent
    3rd Grade ELA 6 96.4%
    3rd Grade Math 7 95.8%
    4th Grade ELA 9 94.5%
    4th Grade Math 8 95.1%
    5th Grade ELA 28 83.4%
    5th Grade Math 34 79.9%

     

    Geneva Middle School refusal data.
    Test Number of Students Percent
    6th Grade ELA 24 85.5%
    6th Grade Math 30 81.9%
    7th Grade ELA 44 71.2%
    7th Grade Math 43 71.9%
    8th Grade ELA 57 63.5%
    8th Grade Math 50 67.9%

     

    District refusal data.
    Test Number of Students Percent
    ELA 3–8 Refuse 168 82.3%
    Math 3–8 Refuse 172 82.7%

     

    • Geneva City School District) (GCSD and individual buildings will be required to create a plan to increase testing rates to 95%
    • If we fail at that, we must enter this process:

    Self-assessment and participation rate improvement process.

    • Measures of every subgroup population are generated as an accountability metric. If all of our students don’t test, our schools/district is only represented by those who do. We want an accurate picture of all of our student performance.
    • Measures of every subgroup population are compared to other “similar” schools. If all of our students don’t test, our school is only represented by those who do. We want an accurate picture of all of our student performance.
    • If we do not get out of Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) Schools status in two years, Geneva Middle School and North Street School will become receivership schools and will be subject to NYSED takeover. We need to have our scores represent our whole student population.
    • Building our community means showing all potential newcomers accurate school data. Because so many students aren’t represented on these tests, our GCSD data doesn’t reflect our successes, which can impact whether new families decide to reside in Geneva.
    • It’s time to opt in!