State Exams: Computer Based Testing 2024 Parent Letter




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Dominick A. D’Angelo, Principal


March 2024 


Dear Parent/Guardian, 


Each spring, students take the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests in grades 3-8 and the Science tests in grade 5 and 8. These tests are used to measure how well students perform on New York’s Next Generation Learning Standards.  


This year all of our students will take the New York State Exam tests on a computer.  Over the past few years, schools across New York have begun to give these state tests on a computer, and we are excited for our students to have that opportunity this year.       

Please note the following: 


  • Practice: Before the test is given, your child will have a chance to practice taking the test on a computer while in school. This will help your child become familiar with the online testing format. Students, educators, and parents can review and practice using the online Question Sampler (
  • Testing schedule: 
    • ELA State Exam: Grades 6-8:  April 16 & 17
    • Math State Exam: Grade 6-8:  May 8 & 9
    • Science State Exam: Grade 8: May 17
  • Digital Readiness: Teachers continue to use technology in their everyday instruction as one way to ensure that students are prepared for success in a digital world, including computer-based tests. Our school has been preparing for students to have a seamless transition to computer-based testing, including our participation in a simulation of testing day. Student Participation Family Guide
  • Accommodations: If your child is eligible to receive accommodations for the New York State tests, he or she is eligible for accommodations for the computer-based test. Our staff will consult your child’s IEP to determine how accommodations are provided for your child on the computer-based test. Any questions regarding accommodations, you can reach out to Mrs. Valsamis, [email protected]


If you would like to learn more about the New York State 3-8 tests and the move to computer-based testing, see this New York State Education Department website (  If you have questions regarding the computer-based test, or about your child’s participation, please contact your child’s Grade Level Assistant Principal. 



Dominick D’Angelo, Principal