Information for parents about the ELA and Mathematics assessments

 In the upcoming weeks, students in grades 3-8 will complete the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments. These tests are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and play an important role in measuring how our students are progressing and ensuring that each one has the tools her or she needs to succeed academically.  

Building principals will be communicating with families regarding the exact dates of testing at their schools. Please keep an eye out on ParentSquare for this important information. 

Some important notes about the assessments:  

Computer-based testing – students will use their district-owned device to complete the assessments.   

Tests are untimed – as long as students are working productively, they will have an unlimited amount of time within the confines of the school day, to complete the test.  

Questions are authored by New York State teachers – Hundreds of teachers throughout New York State were involved in the creation, review and selection of the questions that appear on the 2022-23 assessments.  

At the end of the school year, parents will receive information about student performance – as has been the practice in previous years, families will receive score reports from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). These score reports will include information about the student’s performance in specific skill and concept areas. The score reports are not exclusively used to determine student placement, nor are they used to evaluate teachers.  

While no single test can give a complete snapshot of student achievement, these tests, within the context of other measures such as report cards and teacher reports, can help provide important information about student growth at the Monticello Central School District. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions. 

For more information about these assessments, please see the following resources from NYSED:

2023 NYSED assessments: what parents need to know

Parents’ Frequently Asked Questions about the assessments