The Castle Learning Mathematics and English Content teams have been hard at work. We would like to announce the publication of the NYS Grade 3-8 Math and ELA 2021 Sample Assessments. Since NYS did not administer and therefore release assessment questions for 2020, the Castle Content Team has created our “own” version of the end of year assessments for grades 3-8. These samplers have been created for both Math and ELA, and Science assessments are coming soon!
The question counts for each respective exam mimic the number of questions found on the end of year assessment for that grade level. Example: The 3rd grade math exam typically has 40 questions; our sample exam also has 40 questions. We also modeled the question types, topics, and standards found on the assessment. The content team used the standard and topic percentages to curate these sample assessments.
To find the NYS Grade 3-8 ELA and Math Sample Assessments:
From your assignment page, click Create from Public Assignments.
- For Math click the blue cross in front of Mathematics, Elementary Mathematics (3-5) or Intermediate Mathematics (6-8), Castle Assignments, and New York. Check the box in front of the desired NYS Grade 3-8 Math Sample assessment and click Import.
- For ELA click the blue cross in front of English and Foreign Languages, English Language Arts, Castle Assignments, and New York. Check the box in front of the desired NYS Grade 3-8 ELA Sample assessment and click Import.
Castle Learning users can use the sampler exams in many ways:
- pre- and post-tests
- end of course state test preparation
- practice review throughout the year
Teachers can assign the sampler to students as a simple quiz with no feedback, or as an open practice assignment with clickable vocabulary links, hints, reasons and instant feedback.