Testing

NY STATE (tentative) TESTING DATES

MS 202 Testing Coordinator: Ms. S. Perrone 718-848-0001 ext 5162

Specialized High School Admissions Test

Who takes this test?

Students in grades eight or nine who want to enroll in one of New York City’s specialized high schools must take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). All students in grades eight and nine who are current New York City residents are eligible.

The schools that require the SHSAT are:

  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
  • High School for American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School

Test proctors will provide English language learners (ELLs) and eligible former ELLs with bilingual mathematics glossaries on the day of the SHSAT. The glossaries provide word-to-word translations of key mathematics terms and do not provide definitions. Students are not permitted to bring their own bilingual mathematics glossaries.

When is this test given?

Registration is September 7-October 12, 2017. Students should contact their school counselors to register.


NY State English Language Arts Test (ELA)

Who takes this test?

Students in grades 3–8 take the State English Language Arts (ELA) test each spring.

Students who have been in the United States for less than one year are not required to take the NY State ELA test in their grade, but must start taking ELA tests after their first year. Some students with disabilities may take the NY State Alternate Assessments (NYSAA) in place of the State test, if it says so on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

NY State Math Test

Who takes this test?

Students in grades 3–8 take the State Mathematics test each spring.

English Language Learners are required to take the State math tests but may take a test translated into Chinese (traditional), Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, or Spanish. When tests are not available in the student's native language, the test may be translated orally. Students with disabilities may take the NY State Alternate Assessments in place of the general State test, if specified on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

NY State Science Test

Who takes this test?

Students in grade four, and most students in grade eight, take the State Assessment in Science to determine how well they have learned the New York State Learning Standards.

Students in Grade seven who have completed all of the material in the Intermediate-Level Science Core Curriculum, and who are under consideration for placement in an accelerated high school level science course in grade 8, may also take the test. If students take the test in grade seven, they will not take it again in grade eight. School principals have the discretion to either require or waive the grade eight Science Test for accelerated grade eight students who will take a Regents Examination in science at the end of the school year.

English Language Learners in grades four and eight must take the State Assessment in Science. Exams are available in Chinese (traditional), Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, or Spanish. When tests are not available in the student's native language, the test may be translated orally. Students with disabilities may take the New York State Alternate Assessments (NYSAA) in place of the general State Test, if specified on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Second Language Proficiency Exams

Who takes this test?

Students who have completed two years of coursework (or one year of accelerated coursework) in Chinese (Simplified), French, Italian, Latin, or Spanish before the end of grade eight may be eligible to take the Second Language Proficiency (SLP) exam to earn two high school credits. Your child’s school can tell you whether they offer the test and whether your child can take it.

When is this test given?

SLP exams are given in two parts. Part 1 of the test (Speaking) is given in class from the beginning of April through the beginning of June. Parts 2–4 of the test (Listening, Reading, and Writing) are given on a Monday in mid-June. For 2018, SLP exams will be given at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, June 18.

NY State Alternate Assessment

The NY State Alternate Assessment allows students with severe cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their performance toward achieving the New York State learning standards for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science. This assessment measures student knowledge on Essential Elements. Essential Elements are alternate achievement standards that are reduced in depth and breadth from the New York Learning Standards.

New York State contracts with Dynamic Learning Maps to provide a computer-delivered adaptive assessment that customizes the assessment to the individual abilities and needs of the student.

Who takes this test?

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) determines student eligibility for participation in NY State Alternative Assessment. Eligible students have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that specifically identifies them as eligible for this assessment.

Students in grades 3-8 must be assessed once a year using assessment materials based on their ages (nine through 14 years old). The secondary-level NY State Alternate Assessment for high school students is administered once, when students are 17 years old.

NY State High School Regents Exams

MS 202 Offers Regents to 801-803 in Algebra and Earth Science and to 804-805 in Earth Science

Regents exams measure student achievement in high school-level courses. In order to graduate from high school, students must pass five Regents exams in the following subject areas: English Language Arts, a math, a science, social studies, and any additional Regents exam or another option approved by the State. Student may also earn an Advanced Regents diploma if they pass certain additional Regents exams in math and science, as well as any NYC Language Other Than English exam.