GASD to administer grade 3-8 state ELA exams March 29-30

The Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests are administered in the spring to students across New York State. These annual ELA and math tests for students in grades 3-8 are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace. The tests also show how schools and districts are progressing with the learning standards and can support professional development for teachers. The exams were put on hold the last two school years due to the COVID-19 pandemic but are back again this school year.

Upcoming exam dates and information

The Greater Amsterdam School District will administer these exams next week:

  • Elementary School: The grades 3-5 English Language Arts (ELA) exams in all elementary schools on March 29th and March 30th.
  • Middle School: The grades 6-8 English Language Arts (ELA) exams will be administered at Lynch Literacy Academy on March 29th and March 30th. The middle school exams will all be computer-based. Students in grades 6-8 must come to school on testing days with their school-issued computers. Please make sure computers are fully charged for each day’s testing schedule.

More Information on Testing

Details about the NYS Math Assessments will be announced at another time. For more information about all New York State assessments please visit the following link: