main content starts hereRegarding technical issues with New York State ELA tests

| April 11, 2018

As you are aware, students at Draper Middle School and Pinewood Intermediate School were scheduled to take the New York State English language arts (ELA) test on their Chromebooks this morning.

While attempting to start the ELA test, some students in districts across the state experienced difficulties accessing the test on the testing site. Approximately 60 Draper students in grades 6-8 were affected by this problem. As a result, these students were unable to take the test during today’s testing period.

At Pinewood, some 5th grade students experienced delays of up to 40 minutes before they were able to start the test due to the technical issue. Students were allowed as much time as necessary to complete the test. (Students in grades 3 and 4 took paper-based ELA tests.)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has confirmed that the issue was at the testing site, not at the local district or building levels. The district was informed by NYSED that this was a state-wide issue that the department was working to resolve.

Students in grades 6-8 will take Day 2 of the computer-based ELA test tomorrow. Those Draper students affected by this state-wide technical challenge will take Day 1 on Friday. At Pinewood, today was the second day of computer-based tests for students in grade 5. Students in grades 3-4 will complete the paper-based ELA tomorrow.

This was the first year Mohonasen students in grades 5-8 took a computer-based New York State ELA test. All students in grades 3-8 will take traditional paper-and-pencil math exams this year.

“We’re very proud of the way our students and teachers handled this glitch,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Lisa Cutting. “Despite this technical challenge, the process was smooth for the first year the district participated in computer-based testing.”