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Five Things You Didn't Know the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP)

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 3, 2015 7:43:00 AM

A few years ago the Common Core landed squarely in the Big Apple, as public school administrators, teachers, students, and parents became steeped in the transition to the new standards. New York was the second state to align assessments to the Common Core, following Kentucky, who was the first.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has gone to great lengths to ensure Common Core alignment with the NYSTP as well as a broad level of rigor in their statewide assessment system. For New York public and charter school students in kindergarten through grade 12, this meant not only tougher tests, but tougher classroom instruction throughout the year. 

Now let's take a look at the five things you might not know about the NYSTP:

1. Test Development – Did You Know How Much Time Is Spent Creating the Tests?

All NYSTP exams are developed through an exhaustive 15-step continuous test development process. From standards development to field testing to final implementation, all of New York's exams are carefully thought out and administrated. This, as would be expected, is done in accordance with state and national industry and professional standards of grade-level student achievement.

2. Regents and the NYSTP.

Regents exams, so familiar to New York's public high school students, are not a separate entity from the NYSTP (though the word "Regents" might sound fancier than "NYSTP"). In fact, they are one and the same, or more accurately, the Regents exams are incorporated into the NYSTP. High schoolers can expect to be tested in English/language arts as well as math, including algebra.

3. Teachers are a key part of the process!

The NYSED is actively and continuously seeking teacher input pertaining to future examination development. New York State-certified educators are encouraged to provide feedback regarding "item development, test form review, rangefinding, and standard setting." The objective is to develop the most fair, valid, and reliable assessments possible.

In fact, NYSED field testing is current and ongoing. New York State has been field-testing its standardized exams for over a decade. NY is to be commended for this rigorous and continued sel-evaluation. How awesome!

4. Computer Based Assessment Items.

Although whether to adopt the PARCC model or not is still being decided upon, there is a good possibility that NY will adopt the PARCC or a similar model, which will mean that computer-based items will become an integral part of state testing.

Check out LearnBop’s brand new Technology Enhanced Items (TEI) to see what these new computer-based item types will look like. TEI go beyond multiple choice, to more fully engage students in the learning process. Teachers can use these new items right now in the classroom to model mathematical thinking.



5. State perspective on opting out.

Despite what you may have read or heard, opting out of the NYSED is not an approved option for most New York public school students. Actually, the NYSED has indicated that "There is no provision allowing parents to opt their children out of state tests." 

Now, as the school year and testing season wind down, students in New York can take a break. But it's important to keep summer learning mind, especially considering how quickly we can slip into Summer Learning Loss. 

Do your students need help learning math? Schedule a demo now to see how LearnBop can help.

About the Author


David Moadel is in his third decade working in education.  He has taught, mentored, and inspired students from elementary age through adult.  David has earned his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the American College of Education, and is currently a certified teacher in Florida.  David enjoys teaching, writing, and utilizing technology tools to communicate with people with diverse viewpoints across the globe.


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