Testing Letter from Chancellor Walcott


Dear Parents,

Next month children throughout the city in grades 3-8 will be participating in the New York State Standardized tests in ELA and Math.  This year the test has changed with more challenging questions making the exams more difficult to pass.  The New York State Education Department has provided schools with sample questions on the format of the test.

Please refer to the letter, on the opposite side, from Chancellor Walcott outlining the importance of having the tests aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and preparing your child to be college and career ready.  The letter will also be posted on the Inclusions website:   inclusions.org.

To help you better understand these changes, we will be conducting a workshop on the Common Core Standards and the changes in the New York State Tests.  This will take place on         March 12th during parent/teacher conferences in the cafeteria at four different times. Every workshop will be the same giving you the flexibility to see your child’s teacher as well as attending the workshop.

Afternoon sessions:

12:30 – 1:15 pm

1:45 – 2:30 pm

Evening sessions:

6:00 – 6:45 pm

7:15 – 8:00 pm

Based on the information we have, the teachers are working hard to prepare their students and I’m confident student outcomes will fall in line with city expectations.

I hope you find this information useful and look forward to seeing you on the 12th. As always, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the school.



Arthur P. Mattia