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Spring 2021 New York State Assessment Information

Statement from Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. and Commissioner Betty A. Rosa on the USDE denial of the Assessment Waiver Request

The U.S. Department of Education chose not to approve New York’s waiver request to forego state assessments this year. USDE had previously agreed to uncouple state assessments from ESSA accountability requirements, including the 95% participation rate for the assessments, so any results from this year’s administrations will be used solely as a measure of student learning. Read the full statement here.
Spring 2021 New York State Assessment Information

The United States Department of Education (USDE) has determined that state education departments nationally will adhere to testing requirements in the federal education law – Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has submitted a formal request to waive elementary, middle, and high school testing requirements (Assessment Waiver). Should the USDE, “deny NYSED's waiver request, only four of the June 2021 Regents Exams will be administered; only Session 1 of the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Tests will be required; and only the one-session Written Test component of the Grades 4 and 8 Science Tests will be administered.”


NYSED has provided school districts with flexibility for the local in-school scheduling and administration of the Spring 2021 tests.  Testing schedules have been amended and guidance supplied. The East Ramapo Central School District will coordinate efforts to provide a safe and secure state testing program for Spring 2021.


Parent Newsletter: Message from Commissioner Betty A. Rosa March 26, 2021


Board of Regents Acts on Emergency Regulation Revisions to 2021 Diploma Requirements


Elementary and Intermediate Assessments

2020-21 Elementary-and Intermediate-level Testing Schedule


Memo: Spring 2021 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests


Secondary Assessments

REVISED Final Dates for the June 2021 Regents Examination Period 


Memo - Exemptions from Diploma Requirements and Cancellation of the August 2021 Administration of the New York State (NYS) High School Regents Examination Program in Response to the Ongoing Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Frequently Asked Questions Related to the June 2021 and August 2021 Exemptions from Diploma Requirements