3/8 - New York State ELA Assesments

3/8 - New York State ELA Assesments
Posted on 03/08/2017

Ellenville Elementary School

28 Maple Avenue
Ellenville, New York 12428
Phone (845) 647-0131  ·  Fax (845) 647-7090



Mrs. Jennifer Williams Mr. Vic Owen
Principal Interm Assistant Principal
jwilliams@ecs.k12.ny.us vowen@ecs.k12.ny.us

March 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well.  I wanted to remind you that we will be administering the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments in grades 3-5 starting at the end of this month. 

The New York State ELA assessment will be administered March 28, 29, and 30th and the New York State Math assessment administered May 2, 3, and 4th.

The New York State Education Department made important changes to the exams last school year which greatly improved the experience that students had in taking the exams.  For starters, the English Language Arts and Mathematics tests allowed students who were working productively to continue working past the minimum testing time.  This change offered students the opportunity to work at their own pace.  They were allowed as much time as they needed within the confines of the regular school day to complete each test session.  Also, the New York State Education Department has decreased the number of test questions on both the ELA and Math tests. 

The changes alleviated stress students and parents felt about the State assessments.  It is important to remember that the purpose of the New York State Education Department requires that students participate in these assessments to gauge their growth and ultimately their readiness for college and a career.

By working together, we can make your child’s test experience positive and successful. Here are some suggestions that you can do to help your child succeed: * Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest. * Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or in the cafeteria at school. * Make sure your child arrives at school on time. * Gently encourage your child to do their best.

Please take a moment to write an encouraging note on the attached paper. 

Return this note before the test, and it will be given to your child the first morning of testing. 


Thank you,

Jennifer Williams

Work hard.  Be kind.  Follow your dreams.