Untimed State Tests – Utter Failure

This year, rather than post any information about the content, structure or deployment of the spring NYS ELA exams, I’ve chosen to focus on one topic that appeared most frequently online: the amount of time students are using to complete these tests each day.

Below are unedited comments that I’ve sourced from social media this week. Some were left attached to a person’s real name. Others were not. I’ve chosen to delist names from all of them.

So, what do you think of the state’s continuation of the untimed testing policy? Can anyone explain to me why kids are taking all day to complete an exam that apparently doesn’t count for anything?

ELA Day 1

– 3 hours average
– Grade 5 some as long as 3 hours
– I had two at 5 hours and I teach special Ed
– 6 hours here and still going for some
– I teach a general education 6th grade in the city. Of my 30 students, only 5 finished in the rec. 80 minutes minimum. All but 2 were finished in 120 minutes or less. 2 worked for an additional 20 minutes or so.
– Grade 3- most done at 1.5 hours… 2 students 3+hours
– Just over 2 hours for my 3rd graders…this test was ridiculous.
– Third grade about 2 hrs for 24 multiple choice questions.
– 3 hours for 3rd grade!!!
– class went from 9-2 with a 50 mins lunch in between 3rd graders
– I know of one student that took over 5 hours
– And a few until 3:00 p.m.
– About 2.5 hours for my 7th graders
– 2 hours for my 4th grade.
– 5th grade- average of 1.5 hours. Some took 2 hours. The longest was almost 3 hours.
– proctored outside the classroom for ELLs: One hour for one, 1 hour 45 minutes for the other. One cried.
– 4 hours in and dozens are still working (middle school). We had a 2 hour testing block.
– I have been testing students all day and we still have multiple students across grade levels not done! Entering hour 5 of testing and they haven’t even eaten lunch yet.

ELA Day 2

– 12:20 pm in the Bronx, students in grades 3 and 5 at my school are still testing…several are crying. they are testing during their lunch period.
– mine didn’t want to stop. I made her stop and go to lunch. She’s 8.
– Yep…still testing over here in BK as well. Watching them eat lunch now. 32 3rd graders not finished 10 5th graders.
– They tested through lunch at my school also. That’s not fair to those poor kids
– 10 kids in 5th finished at 2pm. Started at 9 am. Stopped for a 50 minute lunch.
– Same in _____ Queens, had a 3rd grader go all the way to 2:10 and he told me he still didn’t finish
– I’m a 3rd grade teacher in Queens. Students were still testing up until dismissal
– 4 students tested until the end of the school day.
– 8th grade in Queens…students tested until the very last moment.
– My class started at 9:30 a.m … were still going (posted at 1:22 p.m.)
– It is disgusting. 2 and Half hours plus for 8 year old
– students at my school started testing at 8:30 …there are still students in grades 3 and 5 who are still taking the test as of 12:40…and are no where near finished…there are a few who are crying.
– 3h 10m. Grade 3
– Today (Part 2)…we still have 3rd graders taking it at 2:00. These poor babies started at 9:20.
– 8th grade 5 hours and it wasn’t enough
– Some 3rd and 4th graders still testing at 2:45 – started at 9:30
– 6th grade 3 hrs 45 minutes came up in tears
– There were many students still testing at 1:30- started at 8:30
– We still have about ~10 kids still testing. 6 hours– not including lunch and three breaks
– Because they tried to fit a 3 day exam in 2 days the kids are simply unable to finish. I have tons of kids who are still taking the exam. They started at 8:30 and they have not eaten lunch yet! The school is a mess and trying to figure out where to even put all these kids and yet still have classrooms for the rest of the classes the rest of the day.
– I can tell you that kids in my building started at 8 and at least one in my proctoring room didn’t finish until 2:40 No lunch break for him either.
– One of my special needs 5th grader took 5.5 hours.

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