Assessments and the Common Core

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New York State Assessments and the Common Core

New York State adopted the Common Core standards in 2010 and has been working to integrate the Common Core into state assessments. The chart below presents a timeline for the implementation of various assessment programs.

ProgramAdministrationTransition to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS)Resources
Grades 3-8 ELA & Math
English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams for students in grades 3-8 measure student achievement relative to the grade-level Common Core Learning Standards.  Results are used for NYCDOE and NYSED teacher and school accountability decisions.
Annually in the springAs of school year 2012-2013, exams in all grade levels are aligned to the CCLS.
Regents
Regents exams measure student achievement in high-school level courses. Results are used for student graduation requirements, and for school accountability and teacher ratings.
Three times a year (January, June, August)Beginning in June 2014, exams aligned to the CCLS in ELA and math will be introduced.
New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA)
NYSAA is a datafolio assessment intended to allow students with severe cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their academic performance in ELA, math, science and social studies. The assessment is administered according to age to students in grades 3-12.
Annually in the springAs of school year 2012-2013, ELA and math exams are aligned to the CCLS.
New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)
NYSESLAT measures the English language proficiency of students who have been identified as English language learners. Results determine the need for continued ELL services.

Annually in the springAlignment to the CCLS began in school year 2012-2013, and will be complete in school year 2014-15.
New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners  (NYSITELL)
NYSITELL assesses the English language proficiency of new entrants whose home language is a language other than English. It is used to determine if the student is in need of bilingual and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) services.
Within 10 days of a student's enrollment The test was introduced in February 2014 and is aligned to the CCLS. A second alignment phase will occur after NYSESLAT CCLS alignment is complete in school year 2014-15.
Grades 4 & 8 Science
Science exams for students in grades 4 & 8 measure student achievement in elementary and middle school science courses.  Results are used for NYCDOE and NYSED school and teacher accountability.
Annually in the spring NYSED has yet to communicate the timeline for aligning science exams to the CCLS.
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
PARCC assessments are assessments for students in grades K-12 in English and math. States may adopt these assessments as early as school year 2014-15; New York State has not yet communicated when it will adopt PARCC assessments.
Pilot field testing administered in Spring 2014PARCC assessments are fully aligned to the CCLS.