Letter of Intent for Testing - Parents

April 7th, 2021

 

Dear Families,

As we head into the spring, I know many of you have questions about standardized testing. In a typical year, State exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building. It will not be possible to administer state exams remotely. Therefore, we are contacting you to determine if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams. 

It is very important you let us know if you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that we can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all of our students. Please read on for more information about this year’s exams.

What State exams will be administered in the school building?

The Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams, and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams, will only be administered in your child’s school building. All schools will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety to learn more.

How will you keep my student safe during in-person test administration?

Health and safety are our first priorities. We are asking for you to sign up so we can create testing schedules and room assignments that allow for social distancing protocols.

 

How do I sign up for the exams?

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify us with the Letter of Intent Testing Google Form by Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

**If you do not wish to have your child test you do not have to take any further action.**

**If we do not hear back from you by Tuesday, April 13th, your child will not participate in state testing.**

 

If my student is already learning in the building, do I still need to sign up for the exams?

Yes. You must let us know if you would like your student to take State exams, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

 

My student is fully-remote. Are they expected to come in to take the exams?

No. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the State exams. However, if you would like your student to take the exam, they can be included—just notify us using the contact information above.

If my student does not take the exams, will they be penalized?

No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 NYS ELA, Math, or Science exams will not be penalized.

When are the exams?

The exams will be administered within the following dates:

  • English Language Arts for grades 3 through 8:  April 19–29, 2021
  • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14, 2021
  • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11, 2021

**Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr. We will share the scheduled testing date for your child prior to the start of the testing window.**

If I don’t sign up, what will my child do while their classmates are taking the exam?

Students receiving in-person instruction who do not take the exam will continue their instructional program, as will fully remote students.

Are the exams different this year?

Yes. This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The Science exams for grades 4 and 8 will consist only of questions that are multiple choice or require a short, written answer.  The tests are untimed, but most students will complete the tests in 55 to 90 minutes.

I have more questions. How can I learn more?

The DOE has created a Parent Guide to address commonly asked questions about the administration of the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year. You can also always reach out to {insert contact information} with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

We appreciate your collaboration and flexibility as we continually work to ensure a strong, supportive education for your child and every student in our school community.

 

Sincerely,

Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija,   Principal

DOE Family Update - April 8, 2021

Contents

  • All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9

  • Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application

    deadline is Friday, April 9

  • Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19

  • Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update

 

Important Deadlines

 

 

Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9

If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week. The deadline to submit your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:

  • Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey
    at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.

  • By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.

    G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9

    The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of three ways:

  • Online at MySchools.nyc

  • Through a Family Welcome Center—visit schools.nyc.gov/fwc to learn more.

  • By phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions.

Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19

Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at MySchools.nyc or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions. Learn more at nyc.gov/PreK.

 

Tests and Assessments-  New York State Exams

New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any further action.

The exams will be administered within the following dates:
• English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29
• Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.

• Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11

Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/testing.

Opt In Learning & PreK Registration Deadlines Extended

April 5th, 2021

The Department of Education has extended the deadlines of two initiatives:

  • Blended Learning Opt-in Window: Friday April 9th
  • Pre-K Registration: Monday April 19th 

 

Blended Learning Opt-in Window:

The Blended Learning Opt-in Window is now open through Friday April 9th.  If you are requesting to change from 100% remote to blended learning you must complete and submit the Learning Preference Survey  and student consent for mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing.   If you do not complete the survey indicating a preference for blended learning during this opt-in window, your child will remain fully remote.

For families opting into blending learning during this new opt-in period, we will share with you your child’s new blended program/schedule and the days he/she will attend school in person in the coming weeks.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Capo, Parent Coordinator or Ms. Lydiaree Oquendo, Community Coordinator. 

 

Pre-K Registration:

The pre-K application is open, and the deadline has been extended to Monday, April 19. Here's how to get started and apply:

  • Visit MySchools to create your MySchools account, explore pre-K program options, build your application, and apply online.
    • Our MySchools tutorial, "How to Create a MySchools Account" will walk you through the process.
    • Learn more about pre-K admissions on this page and in the video playlist above.
  •  Sign up for the pre-K admissions email list.  We'll send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process.

 

NYS ELA, Math &Science Testing Letter to Parents

 TESTING LETTER TO PARENTS.docx 

 

March 26, 2021

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students,

NYS Exams will look a little differently for the 2020-2021 school year. Below are the testing windows determined by the State Education Department for the upcoming NYS Exams:

 

GRADES NYS TEST TESTING WINDOW OPENS TESTING WINDOW CLOSES

GRADES 3, 4 AND 5 ELA Session 1 Only MONDAY, APRIL 19 THURSDAY, APRIL 29

GRADES 3, 4 AND 5 MATH Session 1 Only MONDAY, MAY 3 FRIDAY, MAY 14

GRADE 4 ONLY SCIENCE Written Portion Only MONDAY, JUNE 7 FRIDAY, JUNE 11

 

Please review the list of updates and/or changes for this year below. This information is based on the memorandum sent by the State Education Department.

● Schools may use the entire testing window for testing to accommodate instructional schedules.

● Students receiving entirely remote instruction may come to the school to participate in the testing.

● Schools will be allowed to administer the tests to students who are receiving hybrid instruction on the days that they are ordinarily attending school in person.

● “Make-up testing at each school for students absent on the day of their test may begin on the school day immediately following the first day of test administration.” Please note that this means your child can be tested the day they returned to school.

● The operational test will not include any embedded field test questions. There will only be one form administered per grade and subject and all questions in Session 1 will

contribute to student scores.

 

If your child(ren) receives 100% remote instruction, please email Ms. Tahiraj-Sadrija at Ctahirajsadrija@schools.nyc.gov or Mr. DiPaola at SDipaola@schools.nyc.gov with your intent to have your child(ren) participate in the exams. We want to ensure that your child(ren) is accounted for in the number of students participating as we continue to follow CDC guidelines. The following procedures and protocols will remain in place for the 2020-2021 testing administration:

● The exams will remain untimed. Students will have as much time as they need as long as they are working productively.

● Students with an IEP or a 504 Plan will receive eligible accommodations.

● The directive issues from the NYS Testing Department regarding cell phones and electronic devices will be followed on all testing days. Please read it carefully and discuss with your child.

 

*Use of Communications Devices All students are prohibited from bringing cell phones and certain other electronic devices, as defined in the script below, into a testing room. Test proctors, test monitors, and school officials shall retain the right to collect and hold any prohibited electronic devices prior to the start of the test administration. Admission to the test shall be denied to any student who is in possession of a cell phone or other prohibited electronic device and refuses to relinquish it.

As always, please make sure that your child has a good night’s sleep, has a healthy breakfast, is punctual and present in school. If your child wears eyeglasses, he/she must remember to bring them to school. It is very important that students arrive on time as lateness impacts everyone involved in testing. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know.

 

Respectfully,

Ms. Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija

Principal, Public School 8

 

Mr. Stephen DiPaola

Assistant Principal, Public School 8

Testing Coordinator

NYSESLAT Testing 2021- Letter to Parents

 NYSESLAT TESTING LETTER TO PARENTS.docx 

 

March 26, 2021

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Kindergarten through 5th Grades,

As in prior years, the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is to be administered to all English Language Learners (ELLs) to measure progress in English language acquisition and to determine continued eligibility for ELL services for the following school year. The NYSESLAT administration is school-based and must be administered in-person. There is no option for students to take this test remotely. Fully-remote students may choose to, but are not expected to, come into the school building to participate in the NYSESLAT.

ALL GRADES NYSESLAT  Speaking Portion  MONDAY, APRIL 19- WEDNESDAY,JUNE 9

ALL GRADES NYSESLAT Listening, Reading and Writing Portion MONDAY, MAY 17WEDNESDAY,JUNE 9


Schools may use the entire testing window for testing to accommodate instructional schedules. These dates have been provided by the State Education Department. Please review the list of updates and/or changes for this year below. This information is based on the memorandum sent by the State Education Department.

  •          ●  Students receiving entirely remote instruction may come to the school to participate in the testing.
             ●  Schools will be allowed to administer the tests to students who are receiving hybrid instruction on the days that they are ordinarily attending school in person.
             ●  “Make-up testing at each school for students absent on the day of their test may begin on the school day immediately following the first day of test administration.” Please note that this means your child can be tested the day they returned to school.

If your child(ren) receives 100% remote instruction, please email Ms Tahiraj-Sadrija at CTahirajsadrija@schools.nyc.gov or Mr. DiPaola at SDipaola@schools.nyc.gov by April 7th, your intent to have your child(ren) participate in the exams. We want to ensure that your child(ren) is accounted for in the number of students participating as we continue to follow CDC guidelines.
 
                                                                      
The following procedures and protocols will remain in place for the 2020-2021 testing administration:

  •   The exams will remain untimed. Students will have as much time as they need as long as they are working productively.
  • Students with an IEP or a 504 Plan will receive eligible accommodations.
            ●  The directive issues from the NYS Testing Department regarding cell phones and electronic devices will be followed on all testing days. Please read it carefully and discuss with your child.

*Use of Communications Devices All students are prohibited from bringing cell phones and certain other electronic devices, as defined in the script below, into a testing room. Test proctors, test monitors, and school officials shall retain the right to collect and hold any prohibited electronic devices prior to the start of the test administration. Admission to the test shall be denied to any student who is in possession of a cell phone or other prohibited electronic device and refuses to relinquish it.

As always, please make sure that your child has a good night’s sleep, has a healthy breakfast, is punctual and present in school those days.  If your child(ren) wears eyeglasses, he/she must remember to bring them to school. It is very important that students arrive on time as lateness impacts everyone involved in testing.

 

Respectfully,

Ms. Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija

Principal, Public School 8

 

Mr. Stephen DiPaola

Assistant Principal, Public School 8

Testing Coordinator

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