About State Assessments
The Office of State Assessment (OSA), formerly named the Office of Assessment Policy, Development and Administration (APDA), is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of the Grades 3-8 tests, Regents Examinations, Alternate Assessments and English Language Proficiency assessments that comprise the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP). These examinations are administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 enrolled in public, nonpublic, and charter schools throughout the State.
In carrying out its responsibilities, OSA develops and administers tests that are aligned with the New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum, are consistent with State and federal mandates, are statistically and psychometrically sound, and yield valuable information that enables the State Education Department to hold schools accountable for the education of all students.
The Office provides guidance on the NYSTP to school districts and the public, and advises the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education as they shape New York State’s testing policies and procedures.
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For elementary- and intermediate-level students, New York State provides the
- Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests
- Grades 4 and 8 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Science Tests
For high school students, New York State provides Regents Examinations
For English language learners, New York State provides the
- New York State English as a Second Language Test (NYSESLAT)
- New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)
For students with severe cognitive disabilities, New York State provides the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA).