Some NYS 3-8 exams to be offered online


The Fulton City School District will offer the New York State English language arts and math exams online this year as a pilot for students in grades three and seven.
 
Stephanie Maturo, FCSD Director of Technology, said the district hopes the implementation will be smooth because by 2020, all of the 3-8 ELA and math exams will be completed by students online. For the upcoming ELA exam, March 27 to March 31, and the math exam, May 1 to May 5, the New York State Education Department gave school districts the option to select computerized or paper assessments for grades three and seven.
 
Maturo said the decision came to test Fulton City School District third-graders online because that group of students “wouldn’t know any other type of assessment.” Both the third-graders and seventh-graders are already working on technology devices that enhance their learning, Maturo said, so the online ELA and math testing option will be a nice compliment to how they are learning in class.
 
“We are hoping it’ll help meet students where they are comfortable,” she said.
 
For the 2017-2018 school year, FCSD may offer the computerized option to students in grades four, five, six and eight. This spring, that group of students will utilize the traditional paper method.
 
The exams challenge students to be able to think critically and solve complex problems. FCSD Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Betsy Conners will host informational sessions at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. March 20 at the Fulton Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St., Fulton, for parents and guardians who have questions or concerns about the ELA and math assessments.