By STANLEY JORDAN
The State Education Department today announced that 75 percent of questions from the 2016 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests that count toward student scores are now posted online at EngageNY.org. This is more questions than ever before, and the first time this information has been available this soon. By the end of the week, several instructional reports based on the 2016 tests will be made available to districts and schools several weeks before the end of the school year. Also new this year, educators and parents will be able to review their students’ answers to constructed-response questions, giving them an even clearer picture of how well students are doing.
“I’ve always said that assessments must be diagnostic, valid, reliable, and provide timely and practical information to teachers, parents, administrators and students,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “The early release of a greater percentage of test questions improves the overall usefulness of these assessments as learning tools – which has always been the goal.”
The State Education Department released 75 percent of the 2016 Grades 3-8 ELA and math test questions that counted toward student scores. Each released multiple-choice question includes the question itself and an item map that provides the answer key and the standard(s) measured by the question. Each released constructed-response (open-ended) question includes the question itself and an item map that provides the standard(s) measured by the question.
For the first time ever, the State Education Department released 100 percent of the constructed-response questions from the Grade 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Tests, as well as the scoring materials used by educators to score student responses to these questions.
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