Assessments and Examinations
Advanced Placement Exams
The College Board has announced that due to the challenges created by COVID-19, a new, at-home AP Exam option is under development. Information that has been provided:
- Traditional face-to-face exams will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Others may want more time to practice.
- College Board is offering free online review classes to support students. There are live, daily sessions as well as on-demand recordings. You can find out more on its website.
- College Board will provide any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.
- AP teachers have been communicating details regarding specific AP courses with students and will continue to do so.
More guidance on final exams will be released in the next few weeks.
Grades 3-8 Assessments
All NYS Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments are suspended for the remainder of the school year in response to the COVID-19 statewide school closures. The tests that are suspended include:
- NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests
- NYS Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests
- NYS Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
- NYS Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
- NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
- NYS Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.
Next Generation Learning Standards-Aligned ELA and Math Assessments will begin in Spring 2022.
The NYS Science Learning Standards – Aligned Science assessments will begin in Spring of 2023.
The New York State Education Department has announced it has canceled administration of the June and August Regents exams. That means students who were scheduled to take one or more Regents exams in June and/or August, will not have to take them, if they pass the related course this school year. If a student has already passed a course but was planning to take the exam in June and/or, they will also be exempt from the exam.
SAT Entrance Exams
The College Board canceled the SAT test scheduled for Saturday, May 2. This includes subject tests and international tests. The SAT scheduled for Saturday, June 6 has not yet been canceled. The College Board is assessing the situation and will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible.
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools. More information about SAT preparation is available here.