New York State Testing Program: NYSTP
About New York State Assessments for 3rd Grade – High School
Are your kids preparing for the New York State Testing Program, also known as NYSTP? These New York State tests are administered in third grade through high school. Also called New York State Assessments, the NYS standardized tests assess English language arts, including writing, math, science, and social studies. The results provide actionable data that will help parents, teachers, and students improve academic performance. The New York State Testing Program also uses the assessments to determine each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
Time4Learning, an online service that teaches many of the skills that these exams test, offers this page to help you understand the New York State Testing Program and how you can help your children prepare.
New York State Testing Program at a Glance
New York State public, charter, and private school students take the following New York State standardized tests:
NYSTP: 3rd Grade – 8th Grade
Aligned to New York State Standards, which define what students should learn each year, the NYSTP tests measure how well students are meeting grade-level expectations. Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades take level-specific NYSTP tests in English language arts, which includes writing, and math. Fourth graders and eighth graders also take the New York State science test for their level. In addition, 5th grade and 8th grade students are given the New York State social studies test.
High School: NYS Regents Exams
All New York State high school students take the Regents examinations, a series of subject-specific standardized tests. New York State Regents exams are given in several subjects: English, math, global history and geography, U.S. history and government, and science (living environment, chemistry, earth science, and physics). Students must pass a minimum of five Regents exams in order to graduate. Additional NYS Regents exams are given in Spanish, French, Hebrew, Latin, German and Italian.
How NYS Tests Are Scored
New York State Assessments are criterion-referenced tests, as opposed to norm-referenced tests. Thus, your child will only compete against him or herself, rather than be compared against the group. NYS test results show the level of proficiency a student demonstrates in each of the subject areas tested. Students receive a score of Level 1 through Level 4. The goal is for 90% of students to score at or above Level 3 (proficient). The NYSTP tests for 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grade are critical because students in those grades who score at the lowest rank—Level 1—may be held back.
The NYS Regents exams are scored on a 100-point scale. Students need a score of 65 or above on all five tests in order to pass. Students who pass eight Regents exams with a score of 65 or above will receive the special Regents diploma with Advanced Designation.
Other New York State Standardized Tests
The New York State Testing Program uses a balanced range of assessments that promote learning for all students. The New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) is designed to measure the progress of students with severe disabilities who require special accommodations. Students in grades K-12 with Limited English Proficiency take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), which annually measures their progress in meeting NYS standards in reading and language arts. New York also participates annually in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card, where a sampling of students (from grades 4, 8, and/or 12) are tested in several content areas as part of a nationally representative assessment of student performance. New York City administers its own tests, as well as New York State tests. An easy-to-use resource on both New York State and New York City standardized tests is the New York Office of Assessment and Accountability’s website.
Preparing for the New York State Tests
For general tips on test preparation, please visit our standardized test overview page. The real preparation for the NYSTP, or any standardized test, begins with your commitment to your children’s education throughout their school years. All families should devote time and effort to helping their students learn, starting with making sure that homework gets done and reading every day becomes a habit. Many families also employ tutors or an online learning program, such as Time4Learning, to build fundamental skills. In addition, families use test prep programs or books to help their children become familiar with test formats and time restrictions, learn test-taking strategies (when to guess, when not to), and practice strategies for different types of questions. For instance, in the case of a reading passage followed by comprehension questions, many test prep programs teach students to scan the questions prior to reading the passage so that students will know what areas of the text require close reading. Time4Learning is not a test prep program, it is a program that builds the skills that will be tested.
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