Important Message About NYS Assessments

Parents/Guardians,
We need your support!  Last year about 75% of Holley students in grade 3-8 took the NYS ELA and Math assessments.  The requirement of the State Education Department is 95%, but Holley is striving for 100%!  NYS has continued to listen to concerns and the assessments have changed to reflect feedback from parents and educators.  

- There are less questions.  
- There is no time limit.  
- The scores do not impact student averages.
- The scores are NOT used for teacher or principal evaluations.  
- The scores DO measure individual student growth from year to year. 
- The individual student performance is used by teachers to design specific instruction. 
- Local teachers have participated in assessment question writing.
- Overall grade level performance drives curriculum writing and teacher professional development.
 
We need students to take the NYS Math and ELA assessments.  Measuring growth of individual students is essential in planning enrichment and support programs.  It is essential to designing new instruction and eliminating repetitive instruction.  Please help us make sure our curriculum and instructional decisions are based on the majority of the students, not a select minority.  We need accurate and complete data to make the best decisions for our students.  Please help us with continuous improvement and growth by allowing your child to participate in the NYS ELA and Math assessments.  For your information, visit this informational Q&A on the assessments: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2019/2019-handout-for-parents-3-8-tests.pdf.  However, if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or a principal.
 
Thank you for your support,

Brian Bartalo, Susan Cory and Karri D. Schiavone

Holley Strong!

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