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State Testing Presentation

March 27, 2019

Dear Arlington Elementary School Community:

In Arlington, participation matters.  All students in grades 3-8 will participate in ELA testing on April 2 and 3.  Math testing will occur on May 1 and 2.  When students participate, we are able to better understand how our work as educators helps students grow.  From there, we can improve the teaching and learning process for your child. Tests are no longer connected to teacher evaluations; this allows us to keep our focus on students and their needs.  Also, we expect to receive results around June 1, 2019. 

On days of testing, if a parent advises the school that they prefer for their child not to participate, those students will remain in the classroom and will engage in independent reading for the duration of the assessment.   All students will have the opportunity to read their independent reading book once they are done testing. 

Included in this communication is a document from New York State Education Department with information you may find valuable. An informational meeting will be held for community members regarding testing on March 28 at 6 p.m.. in the board conference room at 144 Todd Hill Road in LaGrangeville. 

March 28 Presentation 

NYS Education Department Frequently Asked Questions

Talking with your children about the purpose of the tests is important.  Parents, we are encouraging you to let your child know:

  • These tests help us understand how well we are preparing them for success
  • Their effort and attitude are more important than the results
  • The tests are designed to be challenging; be prepared to find some items difficult
  • Being well rested each school day is important 

Please visit our website and Facebook page for updates and additional resources.

We thank you for your trust in our expertise as educators. We encourage you to have your child participate and help us learn more about what they have learned.  As your partners in the development of your child, we welcome any questions or thoughts you have.

Sincerely,

Jonathan A. Brown, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent