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ELA Testing Requirements for 7 th and

8th Graders
By: Molly Martindale

What? Common Core ELA Test Grade 7 is an assessment that consists of multiple choice questions, short
response questions, and extended-response questions to assess essay writing skills. The assessment measures
the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).

Who? 7th and 8th grade students take the exam. The CC ELA exams are graded by a team of 2-3 educators
(however teachers are unable to grade their own students tests).

Where? Beekmantown School, NY

When? Students take the test in the spring, often in April. This test is administered over 3 days, and each testing
day requires on average, 80-90 of working time to complete each session. However, students can be given
extended time to work on the test until they are finished to allow each student to work at their own pace.

How is the exam graded? The number of correct answers a student gives on a test is converted into the
students scale score. The scale score (1-4) makes it possible to compare performance on the tests across
different grades. Scale scores are divided into four performance levels. Schools distribute test results on Individual
Student Reports (ISRs) to every parent. The ISRs include the student's scale score, performance level, and
information on his or her strengths and weaknesses in the different skill areas tested.

Why are these tests given and how are the skills integrated through the curriculum ?
The New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy for grade 7 and
grade 8 are woven throughout a students curriculum. This includes the characteristics of Common Core Learning
Standard instruction, such as range and content, and four different strands of instruction in Reading, Writing,
Language, and Speaking/Learning. The CCLS present a model of literacy that is integrated throughout a students
curriculum and these standards are mutually informed and progressive across grades to provide students with the
necessary skills to be successful with fluency, comprehension, analytic, and communication. The tests are given to
assess a students understanding of the CCLS and to help to prepare them to be career and college ready.

What if a student fails an exam? If a student fails the ELA state assessment (scores a level 1 or 2),
educators will use the student test results to assign students to appropriate classes or academic intervention
services (AIS). AIS instruction parallels classroom instruction to help prepare the student for state exams. Students
may be phased out of AIS when they receive a score level of 3 or 4 on an ELA CCLS state test. These students
will also be reviewed for their academic progress in the classroom, as the tests are not the only determination of a
students skill level.

*NOTE: Students who have been in the United States for less than one year are not required to take the New York
State ELA test in their grade, but must start taking ELA tests after their first year. Some students with disabilities
may take the New York State Alternate Assessments (NYSAA) in place of the general State Test, if specified on
their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).*

The Regents Exam for ELA


By: Molly Martindale

What? The Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) test is an assessment that consists
of multiple choice questions, an extended response in the form of an argument, and an extended response in the
form of a text analysis.

Who? 11th graders take the ELA Regents Exam. The Regents Exam is graded by a committee of 2-3 educators
(however teachers are unable to grade their own students tests).

Where? Beekmantown School, NY

When? Students can take the test in January, June, or August. This test is administered in one day and requires
on average about three hours to finish.

How is the exam graded? Multiple choice questions are graded with a key, and extended responses are
graded by a committee of teachers with a rubric scale of 1-6 or 1-4 . Each part of the test is weighted, considering
factors such as time and content coverage.

Why is the ELA Regents Exam necessary? How are the skills integrated through the
curriculum? The New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy
are woven throughout a students curriculum and throughout each grade level. This includes the characteristics of
Common Core Learning Standard instruction, such as range and content, and four different strands of instruction
in Reading, Writing, Language, and Speaking/Learning . The Regents Examination in English Language Arts
(Common Core) will primarily measure the Grade 11-12 Band Reading, Writing, and Language Standards but will
also include some questions that measure standards from the Grade 9-10 Band. The CCLS present a model of
literacy that is integrated throughout a students curriculum and these standards are mutually informed and
progressive across grades to provide students with the necessary skills to be successful with fluency,
comprehension, analytic, and communication. The tests are given to assess a students understanding of the
CCLS and to help to prepare them to be career and college ready.

What if a student fails the ELA Regents Exam? If a student receives lower than a 65 on the ELA
Regents Exam, they are able to take the exam again, but the grade may affect a students graduation date.
Students will also be provided with academic intervention services (AIS) to help increase their understanding of
the material and aid the student with course work.
*NOTE: Students with disabilities are given accommodations for the Regents Exam, but are still required to take
the assessment unless otherwise specified in their IEP or 504 plan exemptions. *