2013, the New York State Education Department changed the basis for
statewide tests in English-language arts and math to Common Core
Learning Standards. Consequently, the tests and the instruction leading up to the
test are different.
The tests begin in third grade in English and math, and
students take them every year through eighth grade. Students in fourth
and eighth grade also take science tests. Students throughout the
state take the same tests at the same time.
Other exams the State Education Department issues
Regents exams – high school
exams that measure ability in English, math, science, social studies
and foreign language.
New York State
English-as-a-Second-Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) exams –
these tests measure the progress of English-language learners from
kindergarten through 12th grade.
The City School District of
Albany's primary goal is
to raise the achievement of all
students and, in so doing, close the achievement gap.
In order to do this, we must have
a well-designed curriculum, exceptional teaching and an
assessment program that allows us to measure and personalize student
learning to meet every child's needs.
Academic Intervention Services (AIS)
the new levels of rigor in the 2013 Common Core-aligned ELA and math
exams, the percentage of students achieving "proficiency" (Level 3 or
Level 4 on the four-step scoring rubric) dropped statewide. In response,
the New York State Education Department changed the requirements for
Academic Intervention Services (AIS),
providing school districts more flexibility in meeting the needs of
All school districts
are required to provide AIS to students whose scores on the ELA and math
exams fell below specified levels, which are in the range of high Level
2. In addition, districts are required to develop a uniform process for
determining whether or not students who scored above the level for
required services, but below Level 3 (“proficiency”) will receive AIS
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In the City School District of Albany and across New
York state, district administrators, principals, teachers and BOCES are
working hard to implement Common Core standards and instruction into
their classrooms and schools.
this video illustrating how Common Core instruction is happening in
classrooms across the state.
We invite you to follow these additional links to take
advantage of these resources to learn more about the Common Core
standards and the changes in the state tests:
National PTA Parents' Guides to Student Success (in English
and en español)
High school English
High school math