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SPECIAL ALERT: State Exam Schedule This Week & Next
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State Exam Schedule

Dear Parents,
 
As you know, the New York State ELA and math exams will be given this week and next week.  
 
The schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday, April 5: ELA Exam begins at 9:00AM. Students should be at school by 8:40AM.  There is no Early Academy on Tuesday. (Regular after-school activities will take place.)

Wednesday, April 6: ELA Exam begins at 8:20AM. Students should be at school by 8:00AM.
 
Thursday, April 7: ELA Exam begins at 9:00AM. Students should be at school by 8:40AM.  There is no Early Academy on Thursday. (Regular after-school activities will take place.)
 
Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 12: ELA Make-Up Exams
 
Wednesday, April 13: Math Exam begins at 8:20AM. Students should be at school by 8:00AM. 
 
Thursday, April 14: Exam begins at 9:00AM. Students should be at school by 8:40AM.  There is no Early Academy on Thursday. (Regular after-school activities will take place.) Students should bring to school a scientific calculator to use on the exam.
 
Friday, April 15: Math Exam begins at 9:00AM. Students should be at school by 8:40AM. Students should bring to school a scientific calculator to use on the exam.
 
Monday, April 18-Wednesday, April 20: Math Make-Up Exams
 
This year’s exams are untimed. As long as students are actively working on the exam, they will not have the time pressure they have had in the past. Please be sure your child gets a good night sleep before the exams and eats breakfast. Breakfast will be available for students beginning at 8:00AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 7:45AM on Wednesdays.
  
FOR THE PARENTS OF EIGHTH GRADERS:
I have received many emails from parents of eighth graders asking about whether their children need to take the ELA exam. 
 
This is a "low stakes year" for the eighth graders. Their performance on the exams will not be used by the high schools for placement or for admissions.  It is not, however, a "low stakes year" for Booker T.  If we do not test 95% of our students, the school will automatically be categorized, by New York State, as a School Under Review. This will result in a series of measures that may force us to change our curriculum, our staffing decisions and our program. It most certainly comes with close review of the school by the state, along with the paperwork to defend the school's performance. This may negatively affect the students who will be at Booker T. for the next couple of years. 
 
While ultimately, it is your right to refuse testing for your child, I urge you not to do these reasons. Your children are on the way to excellent high schools, where testing will be a regular part of their path through high school and ultimately to college. Students need practice taking tests. Why not give them this practice when the stakes are not as high? Students get better at taking tests by taking exams. This exam also gives you a sense of where your child is performing academically in comparison to students across the state, not just in one school. And finally, your child's performance on the exams will help our school.
 
Students taking the Math Regents will not have to take the NYS Math Exam next week. During testing, these students will take a practice Regents in math on one day and earth science on the other.
 
Thank you for supporting the school.

I hope you had an opportunity to see Singing in the Rain. The students were spectacular. Thank you to the actors, crew, director and producer for all their hard work. We are also extremely appreciative of all the parental support of this endeavor.

Elana Elster 
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