2013 NYS ELA & MATH Common Core Tests Information for Parents Presented by Stacey Guadalupe Staff Developer, Museum Magnet School Grade 3-8 students NYS ELA exams: April 16-18 NYS MATH exams: April 24-26 What is the ELA exam? ELA stands for English Language Arts It’s a reading, writing and thinking test administered by the New York State Department of Education It measures how students are meeting specific ELA Common Core Standards What is the MATH exam? It measures students’ performance on the Math Common Core Standards It includes math computations & word problems. Students must “show their work” What are the Standards? Standards are learning outcomes What students should: KNOW (knowledge or content) DO (skills) What is the Common Core? ELA (English Language Arts) & Math standards Elementary school - high school Adopted by NYS in July 2010 What’s the big deal about the Common Core? They are for college & career readiness. They are aligned with international benchmarks. They have been adopted by 45 states, the District of Columbia & 4 territories thus far. What the Common Core does not define: How teachers should teach All that can or should be taught The interventions needed for students well below grade level The full range of support for English language learners and students with special needs Everything needed to be college and career ready Who takes the NYS ELA & Math exams? All students in grades 3-8*. This includes students with an IEP (individualized instruction plan) or are in a Special Ed. class. However, they will have extended time. What is on the ELA exam? What is on the ELA exam? For all grades – Over the course of 3 days: Literary & Informational Text reading passages Grades 3-4: about the same number of fiction & nonfiction Grades 5-8: More nonfiction What is on the MATH exam? For all grades – over the course of 3 days: Multiple choice questions (61-68 questions) Short response questions (5-6 questions) Extended response questions (3-4 questions) How is the tests scored and what do the scores mean? The results are reported as 4 performance levels. Meeting Standards Level 4 THOROUGH understanding of the knowledge and skills expected at grade level. Level 3 UNDERSTANDING of of the knowledge and skills expected at grade level. Exceeds Proficiency Standard Meets Proficiency Standard Below Standard Level 2 Meets Basic Standard Level 1 Below Standard PARTIAL understanding of knowledge and skills expected at grade level. DOES NOT understand of the knowledge and skills expected at grade level. How do parents find out about test scores? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Preliminary “cut” scores – met/did not meet standard -- are released in June Summer school & hold over decisions are made in response to cut scores Students attending summer school re-take NYS exams In August, final NYS test scores released Parents can log onto ARIS for scores In September, parents receive a test report How are test results used? To guide classroom instruction. Schools use the results from the NYS Test to help them make decisions about promotion to next grade. For placement in extra help programs during school, after school or during summer school. What can families do to help support students with the exams? Make sure students are reading everyday at home – fiction AND informational text Have children come to school everyday and on time (including the extra support for at-risk students for 37.5 minutes at the beginning of the day). Communicate with your child’s teacher. What can families do to help support students with the exams? Have your students do SUCCESS MAKER at home (especially during the Spring Recess) Success Maker is an online technology ELA & Math skills program designed for student’s individual learning paths. On the day of the exam make sure your child has: Had a good night’s sleep Eaten breakfast Has their eyeglasses Teachers College research indicated that students have to read at least 8 hours a week (in school and at home) to get high level 3 and level 4 on the ELA exam.