The NYS ELA Make-ups and the Inauguration

I found this on the NYSED News and Notes Website:

We have received questions for the field regarding administration of the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests on the day of the Presidential Inauguration and wanted to provide clarifying information. Schools arrange to administer the English Language Arts Tests to students during specified administration weeks. Within each grade, schools are to administer the test on the same day to all students except for those students who are absent. Schools may schedule the tests for different grades on different sets of days within the specified weeks. Districts may choose not to administer the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests to students on Inauguration Day, but should try to be consistent in their scheduling for all schools within a district.

The make-up weeks, which immediately follow the administration weeks for the Grades 3-5 and 6-8 English Language Arts Tests, are to be used for administering make-up tests to students who were absent for any reason during the primary administration weeks. The make-up weeks can also be used to complete the initial administrations in schools that were closed due to inclement weather or other unexpected events for one or more days of the primary test administration week. Make-up testing may begin during the primary administration week on any days that remain following the school’s completion of initial testing and must be completed no later than the last day of each of the make-up weeks. The make-up testing periods ensure that all students, including those who attend the Inauguration, are afforded access to the assessments.

We hope this information is helpful. Examination schedules can be found at http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html.

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