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Understanding the NYSTP
The New York State Testing Program encompasses the following assessments: the Grade 3-8 tests, Regents Exams, Regents Competency Tests, Second Language Proficiency Exams, English Language Proficiency and Alternate Assessments. All students, K-12, in New York are assessed by these tests.
The tests are based on the learning objectives of the subject matter as developed by the New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum. In order to graduate from high school, students must pass 5 specified Regents Examinations.
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For students in grades 3-8, the English Language Arts reading tests ask students to answer reading comprehension questions and listening comprehension questions. Question formats include multiple-choice, short-response and extended-response. The English Language Arts Writing test asks students to complete four open-response questions and one extended response question. The Mathematics Test for grades 3-8 asks questions in multiple-choice, short-response and extended-response formats also.
For high school students, the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English is given in June. The test covers reading comprehension of literary and informational texts, listening passages and one critical essay. Throughout the test there are multiple choice, short constructed-response questions and a composition.
Students in grades 3-8 take the English Language Arts Test and the Mathematics Test. The English Language Arts Tests and Mathematics tests are aligned to test students on grade level learning requirements. The tests take approximately 60 minutes. Grade 3 -8 English Language Arts and Mathematics tests are given at the end of April over a three day time span.
High school students take the State Regents Examinations. The tests are subject specific and are given in January and June. The Regents Comprehensive Examination in English is a three hour, one day assessment. Constructed responses are scored for both meaning and development. On the Writing Examination, responses are scored for organization, language use and writing mechanics.