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NYC prepares for the ELA and math test
March 1, 2014, 6:16 pm
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NYC prepares for the ELA and math test coming up in April. This year they are separating the ELA and the math tests over a several week period. Last school year the tests were given back-to-back over a one week period. At least there’s a little break this year.  Sites like Testing Mom have tons of practice materials for the ELA and math test for NYC common core testing this year.

Last year was the first year of the new and much tougher test that only 29% of the students in New York actually passed the exam so that’s left lots of room for improvement for this year’s test. There have been many rumors coming from Albany about the delayed implementation of the common core standards but this isn’t going to stop the NYC dept of ed from administering the ELA and math test this school year.  The test results have little to no impact on students outside of New York City but within the city the fourth grade test is used for admissions for the middle school process. If your child doesn’t score at least a 3 or 4 on the fourth grade ELA and math tests then you can forget about getting him or her into one of the top middle school programs in the city.  Many parents are now worrying as much about this as they did for the gifted and talented test for getting into kindergarten.

This school year the tests remain pencil to paper although the long-term goal is to eventually have all the testing done on tablets within the school. As with any technology initiative within the public school system (especially New York City) I don’t foresee the implementation of the testing tablets to happen in any time soon.

We’ll see if the students score higher this year than in previous years as parents are stepping up the prep for this test because they know the stakes are high.  Getting into one of these top middle schools sets the stage for where the child will end up going to high school. Yep, only in New York City folks!

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