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Common Core Learning Standards and New York State Tests

In 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 annually include:

  • 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)

Due to 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 students.

 

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 supports. 

 

Visit the EngageNY website

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. Watch 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:

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