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About the Exam: The New York State English Language Arts (ELA) test is administered to fourth graders in late January or early February.  New York State has set higher learning standards for all students.  To reach these standards, the ELA test challenges students to demonstrate their ability to listen attentively, read a variety of materials, and respond in writing to literary and informational passages.  The test is administered over three days and includes:
Session 1:  5 reading passages, 28 multiple-choice questions, 45 minutes
Session 2:  Part 1:  Listen to a passage – 2 short responses, 1    long
response (basic essay format).  30 minutes. Part 2:  Write a  composition, 30 minutes                                                  
Session 3:  Read 2 related passages – 3 short responses, 1 long response, 60 minutes
The multiple-choice questions will be scored using an answer key.  The open-ended items will be clustered together and assessed using a scoring guide called a rubric.  This guide uses a four point system where 4 is the exemplary and students show evidence of mastering the standards at that grade level.  At the opposite end, a score of 1 indicates a student is at risk and will need extra support to meet the standards.

Purpose of this Site: This site is designed to provide useful information about the NYS English Language Arts Test for teachers, parents and students.  Becoming familiar with the test format will take away the “fear of the unknown” aspect of the test and build confidence in students.  This site is organized around the three sessions of the exam.  For each session there will be a variety of resources and activities that can be used.  These resources have been designed as lessons (L) to be used in a classroom, practice (P) activities for home or school, or information for teachers (R), and Literature Connection  (LI) which are books that correspond with the particular skills that are being taught.  Click on the buttons above to go to the grade level you want to focus on. 

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