Dear Parents/Guardians,

With this last blast of winter, it is hard to believe that spring is right around the corner as are our New York state assessments. Our schools will administer the NYS Grade 3-8 assessments in English Language Arts on March 28th-30th (Make-ups April 3rd-5th) and Math on May 2nd-4th (Make-ups May 8th-10th).

We will administer the NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test during the testing window of May 24th-June2nd. Since classes will be scheduled at different dates/time for the Science assessment, more specific information will be sent home as those assessments approach.

Student test participation provides us with information to improve education for all students. The assessment data identifies areas of strength and weakness to help teachers guide their instruction which in turn will improve student learning. It is also used in making decisions about strengthening our instructional programs, providing additional resources and determining what supports your child may need.

Please know that we respect that individual families may make choices for their children to not take the tests. If you choose to not have your child take the state tests, please submit a letter to me indicating your decision by Wednesday, March 22nd. Please include your child's name, grade level, teacher, and the assessment(s) in which they will not be participating. This process must be completed on an annual basis. Therefore, prior requests will not apply to this current school year. This will assist in our organization of an alternate location for your child to work independently (read, write, draw, etc.)

The spring 2017 assessments will not have any significant changes but will retain the significant changes made last year to the 2016 assessments based on consistent recommendations from educators throughout the state. Those changes included:

  • reduced the lengths of the tests so they contained fewer test questions;
  • allowed students as much time as needed to complete the tests to provide students further opportunity to demonstrate what they know and can do by allowing them to work at their own pace;
  • released more test questions than ever before (75%) and earlier than ever before
  • transformed the parent score reports to be more user-friendly and useful to parents.

Our teachers have worked diligently to ensure that your child has received a stellar education at Hillside and is well-prepared for the assessment. Additionally, testing sessions will be scheduled in the morning when students are fresh. We ask for your partnership in ensuring that your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast on the mornings of the assessments. This will allow him/her to be the best he/she can be.

If you have any questions regarding this year's state assessments, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Johnson or me. I thank you for your continued support in your child's educational success.

Warm regards,

Amy Cazes



 Amy Cazes, Principal

Amy Cazes
Hillside Elementary School
120 Lefurgy Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Phone: (914) 478 - 6270
Fax: (914) 478 - 6279