The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has required that state exams must still take place in-person in the school building. It will not be possible to administer state exams remotely. Therefore, we are contacting you to determine if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State 8th Grade Science exam.

It is very important you let us know if you would like your student to participate in this year’s State 8th Grade Science exam so that we can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all of our students. Please read on for more information about this year’s exams.

What State exam will be administered in the school building?

Grades 4 and 8 Science exams, will only be administered in your child’s school building. All schools will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety to learn more.

How will you keep my student safe during in-person test administration?

Health and safety are our first priorities. We are asking for you to sign up so we can create testing schedules and room assignments that allow for social distancing protocols.

How do I sign up for the exams?

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify us by filling out the google form posted below by April 13, 2021. If you do not wish to have your child test you do not have to take any further action.


If we do not hear back from you by May 28, 2021, your child will not participate in the 8th Grade Science testing.

If my student is already learning in the building, do I still need to sign up for the exams?

Yes. You must let us know if you would like your student to take the State 8th Grade Science exam, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

My student is fully-remote. Are they expected to come in to take the exams?

No. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the State exams. However, if you would like your student to take the exam, they can be included— just notify us using the contact information above.

If my student does not take the exams, will they be penalized?

No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 NYS 8th Grade Science exam will not be penalized.

When is the exam?

The exam will be administered within the following dates:

• Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11, 2021

We will share the scheduled testing date for your child prior to the start of testing window.

If I don’t sign up, what will my child do while their classmates are taking the exam?

Students receiving in-person instruction who do not take the exam will continue their instructional program, as will fully remote students.

Are the exams different this year?

The Science exams for grades 4 and 8 will consist only of questions that are multiple choice or require a short, written answer. The tests are untimed, but most students will complete the tests in 55 to 90 minutes.

I have more questions. How can I learn more?

The DOE has created a Parent Guide to address commonly asked questions about the administration of the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year. You can also always reach out to Ms. Bennet, our Parent Coordinator at 718-933-5976 with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

We appreciate your collaboration and flexibility as we continually work to ensure a strong, supportive education for your child and every student in our school community.