As you are aware, today was the second day of the 2017/2018 New York State English Language Arts Assessment. New York State has contracted with the Questar Corporation to deliver these assessments in computer based format. Yesterday, there were limited issues with the testing process. Today, however, schools that were utilizing the computer based testing format experienced major disruptions to the assessment.
The district was notified by the state that the Questar Corporation was experiencing major technical difficulties after our students had already commenced testing. This caused disruptions to the process for almost all of our students. Building administrators and teachers extended testing time after the issue was rectified by Questar to allow students time to finish their assessments. The district made every effort to minimize any distraction or stress to students, but in an effort to be transparent, we wanted to inform you of the issues that did occur today.
As a district, we deeply value the hard work of all of our students, including their work on these assessments. While it was out of our control, we are very upset that this disruption occurred today causing any undue burden or stress to our students.
Please remember that theses assessments are not factored in student promotion or retention and are not placed on a student’s permanent record. They are one snapshot of a measure of our instructional program and our student performance within that program.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s building principal.