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State suspends elementary ELA and math assessments

New York State has suspended the third-through-eighth grade state assessments for this year.

"It is most important that during the time of closure, schools are able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs, as they have been doing, and not be concerned about state assessments," Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said in a statement.

They said ensuring districts "provide continuity of instruction for students to the greatest extent possible" is the priority of the Board of Regents and the Education Department.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo previously ordered all schools in New York closed for two weeks. Rosa and Tahoe said that unprecedented decision prompted the state Education Department to suspend the assessments for the remainder of the year.

Superintendents in Erie County have closed public schools through April 20.

The suspended assessments include:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.



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