NYS Assessments this week for grades 3-8

March 21, 2022

Dear Mexico Academy and Central School District Parents and Guardians,

It is the time of the school year to organize for New York State testing. School districts throughout New York use these assessments to better meet the learning needs of students. The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that the students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace. The tests also show how schools and districts are progressing with the learning standards and can support professional development for teachers.

We believe in any given year that…

  • Assessments provide valuable information to the standing of our students in relation to the state standards.
  • Assessments provide valuable information to the standing of our schools in relation to other schools.
  • Assessments provide an important layer of data as we make program decisions, evaluate our running data, and set building and district goals.

Testing Dates for Elementary and Middle School Students:



Grades 3-8

March 29 and 30

Grades 3-8

April 26 and 27


In the next few days, you will be receiving additional information from building principals about the testing schedule and test procedures. Please contact the building administrator of your child’s school if you have any questions, including parent refusal for a student to participate in the exam. I encourage all students, with parental support, to participate in the assessment process. Your child’s scores on the state tests will not affect their grades and it is one more opportunity to understand student learning and inform instructional decision making. In addition, student performance on the 2022 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics tests will have no employment-related consequences for teacher and principal evaluations.

Colleen Root
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction