Letter from the Principal

Brandon Wojcik


Dear Parents/Guardians,

This April and May we will be administering the New York State ELA and Math assessments in grades 3 – 8.  For our district, these assessments provide faculty and administration with information on how well our curriculum and instruction align with state expectations and standards. During the last six years, the district has implemented new and evolving curriculum in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.  The ELA and mathematics assessments give us important feedback on how our curriculum and instruction impacts students’ mastery of the learning standards. 

In the last two years, the state has made significant changes to these assessments to better help our district administer them, our students to take them, and our faculty to learn from them:

  • Two days of testing instead of three: Middle School Students will again be taking the computer based tests for both the ELA and Math assessments.
  • Shortened, untimed tests: Last year the number of items on the assessments were reduced.  The state also removed time limits from the assessments, giving students as much time as they need to confidently complete the assessments.
  • Teacher participation in assessment development: Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for the assessments.
  • District results on released items in May and June:  For the past three years we have been able to provide teachers with data showing how their students performed. This gives us immediate feedback on how our curriculum is impacting students’ achievement of the standards.

At North Collins Junior-Senior High School, we realize that part of our responsibility is to prepare your child for assessments that will influence their graduation and college and career goals.  These assessments are an opportunity for students to practice test endurance and apply many of the same test-taking skills and strategies they will use in high school for Regents, Advanced Placement, SAT’s and college entrance exams.  We continue to see value in having our students participate in the state assessment program.  

As always, I encourage you to give feedback on this article and our school. I want to know what we can do better, and your input is important to us. You can reach me at school at 337-0101 or email me at bwojcik@northcollinscsd.org.


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