The NYS Education Department advises that “… all public and charter school students enrolled in Grades 3–8 must take all State tests administered for their grade level. This includes students who have been retained in these grades. All students are expected to participate in State tests as part of the core academic program. For accountability and other statewide reporting purposes, students who do not participate in an assessment are reported to the State as “not tested.” Schools do not have any obligation to provide an alternative location or activities for individual students while the tests are being administered.” (NYS School Administrator’s Manual 2017 p.9    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/sam/ei/eisam17-v1.pdf).

    Lancaster Central School District will adhere to these mandates using the following procedures for 3-8 assessments and other testing. The following outlines the test protocols the district will be following:

    1. New York State requires that every child in attendance during the entire assessment period, including the test administration window and make-up testing days, be presented with an assessment. Each child will be presented with an assessment if he/she is in attendance during the test administration days or make-up days.

    2. Children will be permitted to read silently after they have completed the assessment.
    3. Since our teachers and staff will be proctoring exams and providing accommodations to students, we will not be able to provide a separate location or activities for students not engaged in the assessment. Students whose families have requested that their children not participate in the assessment will remain in their designated classroom for the duration of the entire assessment so that they may be supervised and safe. These students will be permitted to read silently after the tests have been distributed and directions reviewed with students.

    The full testing schedule can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2018/revised-elitestschedule1718.pdf.

    Accelerated Mathematics Students Taking Regents Examinations
    The United States Department of Education’s waiver regarding the provisions of the federal law that require states to measure the achievement of standards in mathematics using the same assessments for all students remains in effect for the 2016–17 school year. With this waiver, Grade 7 and 8 students who are receiving instruction in Algebra I and who take the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core) are not required to take the New York State Common Core Mathematics Test for the grade in which they are enrolled. School districts are allowed to administer only the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core) to these students, eliminating the need for students accelerated in mathematics to take both tests. The waiver also applies to students in Grades 7 and 8 who receive instruction in Geometry and who take the Regents Examination in Geometry (Common Core).