State testing reminders for spring 2021

Student working on a writing assignment at their desk

Access the survey to participate in a Regents or NYESLAT exam

(see below for additional information)


The City School District of Albany is administering the following state exams this year, in alignment with the requirements of the New York State Education Department:

  • ELA and Math for grades 3-8
  • Science for grade 4 and grade 8
  • Regents
  • New York State English as a Second Language Aptitude Test (NYSESLAT)

Please note that while the state is offering these exams, they will not carry the accountability or graduation requirements that they do in a typical year. However, the district believes these exams can provide important information to help see where our students are performing academically. This will allow us to better plan for the additional supports students may need during the summer and in the 2021-22 school year.  


Taking the exams 

Students must attend in-person on the day of each exam to take it.

Each school also will welcome distance learners who would like to sit for the exams in-person. Our thanks to our families who completed the testing survey in advance of our April 15 notification deadline.

Current distance learners wishing to take the NYSESLAT exams should complete this survey before June 9.

Any student wishing to take a Regents exam (regardless of whether they are currently in-person or a distance learner) should also complete the survey by May 1.

Parents and guardians can access the survey by signing in with their student's district login credentials.

An overview of these instructions is provided in the table below:

Exam

Student's current
learning model
Action needed to take the exam Deadline

ELA 3-8

Math 3-8

Science 4 & 8

 

In-person

No action required other than being present on the date(s) of the exam(s) -
Distance Our thanks to our families who completed the testing survey. April 15
Regents In-person and distance

Any student wishing to take a Regents exam should complete the survey, regardless of whether they are currently learning in-person or distance.

Students must also be present on the date(s) of the exam(s)

May 1
NYSESLAT

In-person

No action required other than being present on the date(s) of the exam(s)  
Distance

Please complete the survey indicating which exam(s) your child will take, and ensure they are present in school on the date(s) of the exam(s)

June 9

You can contact your principal if you have any additional questions. 

Each school will continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols on the days of the exams, including social distancing, wearing masks and frequent handwashing. 


3-8 ELA and Math testing *

As you may have heard, the federal government will not grant states a waiver for 3-8 testing this year, as they did in 2020 due to COVID-19.  This means that schools across the state will administer the 3-8 exams in April and May. However, the state has waived using these exams for accountability purposes.  

In response to the unusual circumstances all schools have experienced over the past year, the State Education Department also has reduced the number of questions on the exams and reduced each exam to one session, which will only have multiple-choice questions. The exams will be untimed and students will be able to take a break if needed.  

The 3-8 exams will be given on the following days:

* The following information was updated April 13 to show that Hackett and Myers students in grades 7-8 with last names beginning with "M" will take the state Math exam on May 5 rather than May 6. Please note that this update was an error, and those students will take the state Math exam on Thursday, May 6 as originally planned, and as is indicated below.

Date Exam Students testing that day 
Wednesday, April 21 ELA
  • Grades 3-8
Wednesday, May 5 Math
  • Grades 3-5
  • Hackett and Myers:
    • Grade 6
    • Grade 7-8 students with last names A-L only
    • Self contained special education students in grades 6-8
  • North Albany
    • Grades 6-7
  • O'Neal
    • Grades 7-8
Thursday, May 6 Math
  • Hackett and Myers
    • Grades 7-8 with last names M-Z only

PLEASE NOTE: All students who will not participate in testing – whether in-person or distance learners – will have a day of asynchronous learning from home. 


Science for grades 4 and 8 *

The state is requiring only the written Science exam this year for students in grade 4 and grade 8. The performance or lab portion is not required this year.

* The following information was updated April 13 to show that Hackett and Myers students in grade 8 with last names beginning with "M" will take the state Science exam on June 8 rather than June 9. Please note that this update was an error, and those students will take the state Science exam on Thursday, June 9 as originally planned, and as is indicated below.

Date Exam Students testing that day
Tuesday, June 8 Science
  • Grade 4
  • O'Neal
    • All students in grade 8
  • Hackett and Myers
    • Students in grade 8 with last names A-L, including special education
Wednesday, June 9 Science
  • Hackett and Myers
    • Students in grade 8 with last names M-Z, including special education

PLEASE NOTE: As with the 3-8 exams, all students who will not participate in the Science exam will have a day of asynchronous distance learning from home. 


Regents exams

The state will offer only the following four Regents exams this year and has cancelled all other June and August Regents exams:

Date Time Exam
Thursday, June 17 9:15 a.m. ELA
Tuesday, June 22 9:15 a.m. Living Environment
Wednesday, June 23 9:15 a.m. Algebra I
Thursday, June 24 9:15 a.m. Earth Science

The state is offering exemptions to graduation requirements for these four exams, as well as all Regents exams that are cancelled. The state also has waived the 1,200-minute lab experience requirement for students to be able to participate in one of the two science exams that will be offered, or to earn the exemption for an exam that has been cancelled. 

All Regents exams must be taken in-person, and all students at Albany High School and our middle schools who are enrolled in a course that would culminate in one of the four Regents exams that will be offered can participate.  

Parents and guardians must complete this survey by May 1 if students will take Regents exams. There will be no penalty for students that do not participate in the Regents exams; students will instead receive an exemption to the graduation requirements. In consultation with their parents and guardians, students should contact their school for more information and to indicate their participation in the exams.


NYSESLAT

Parents and guardians must complete this survey by June 9 if students will take the NYSESLAT exam. Schools will administer the NYSESLAT exam during the following testing windows; please watch for more information from your school regarding specific testing days:

Exam component Testing window begins Testing window ends
Speaking Monday, April 19 Wednesday, June 9

Listening

Reading

Writing

Monday, May 17 Wednesday, June 9

“We know this has been a challenging year,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “I want to emphasize that none of the above exams will carry the traditional accountability or graduation requirements that they did prior to the COVID-19 crisis.  

“We believe these exams will provide our teachers and administrators with important information that will help us better serve all of our students as we move forward.”