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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

State Assessment

New York State Education Department Seal
Office of State Assessment
89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234
To: 
District Superintendents
Superintendents of Schools
Principals of Public, Religious, and Independent Schools
Leaders of Charter Schools
From: 
Steven E. Katz
Subject: 
Spring 2021 Grade 4 Elementary- Level Science Test
Date: 
April 24, 2020

This memorandum provides you with essential information regarding an update to the 2020-21 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule.

The last administration of the Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test was scheduled for June 2020. Due to school and district closures during the 2019-20 school year related to COVID-19, the last administration of the Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test will now take place in Spring 2021.

The June 2021 Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test will be aligned to the Core Curriculum. The first administration of the new Grade 5 and Grade 8 Science Tests aligned to the NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards will now take place in June 2023.

The June 2021 Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test administration dates and make-up dates are included on the updated 2020-21 Elementary-and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule posted on the Office of State Assessment website and are shown below.  

2020–21 School Year

Operational Test Administration Dates Make-up Dates Scoring Dates Final Dates to Submit Answer Sheets to Scanning Centers
Grade 4 Science Performance Test  Tuesday, May 25 – Friday, June 4  Make-ups must be given within the testing window Scoring may start immediately following administration. Thursday, June 17  
Grade 8 Science Performance Test Tuesday, May 25 – Friday, June 4 Make-ups must be given within the testing window  Scoring may start immediately following administration.  Thursday, June 17 
Grade 4 Science Written Test  Monday, June 7  Tuesday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 9  Following make-up dates, but no later than Thursday, June 17  Thursday, June 17 
Grade 8 Science Written Test  Monday, June 7 Tuesday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 9 Following make-up dates, but no later than Thursday, June 17  Thursday, June 17