ELA & Math Common Core
2016 ELA State Exams: April 5, 6, 7
2016 Math State Exam April 13, 14, 15
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2016 ELA Test PREP (Grades 38)
Test Dates April 5, 2016 – April 7, 2016
NY State English Language Arts (ELA) Grades 38 Exams
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MATH Test Prep for Common Core (Grades 38)
Test Dates April 13, 2016 – April 15, 2016
NY State Math Grades 38 Common Core Exams
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What to Expect on the NEW ELA and MATH State Exams:
This article addresses frequently asked questions pertaining to the New ELA and Math State exams. It is designed as a guide for parents and families of Kweller Test Prep. As of 2013, new core curriculum learning standards will apply to the upcoming tests, and the overall format of the exams will be changed. Kweller Test prep provides small group and oneonone private instruction for the ELA and Math State exams. If interested, please contact us.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is the “ELA”?
A. “ELA” stands for “English Language Arts.” This includes critical reading (passages of prose and poetry), writing, short answers, short responses, extended responses, grammar, and vocabulary.
Q. What is on the “Math” State test?
A. The “Math” State test consists of core math topics that will be tested from grades 3 to 8. Like the ELA, each grade receives its own test.
Q. What grades take the ELA and Math state tests?
A. New York City and State public and many private school students take these examinations starting in the 3^{rd} grade. The last set of ELA and Math exams occurs in the 8^{th} grade, at which point many students take other State Math and English tests, known as Regents exams.
Q. What is the “common core”?
A. Every state has guidelines, which are basic minimum standards for achievement in Math, English, Science and Social Studies. Students are expected to meet these “core” standards to go on to the next level of schooling. For example, students are expected to comprehend primary and secondary sources. Additionally, language standards will be assessed within the context of reading passages.
Q. What are the upcoming dates for the ELA and Math exams?
A. The ELA test is scheduled to commence on April 1 and end April 3. The Math State exams are scheduled to commence on April 30 and end on May 2. These tests are divided into “booklets” and students take them each day, one booklet at a time.
Q. Who administers these exams?
A. The New York State Department of Education is responsible for administering the ELA and Math State tests each year. The Department also administers the Regents Exams, which are required tests in virtually every subject in New York City public and many private schools.
Q. Are the ELA and Math tests like the ERB’s?
A. The exams test similar content but serve different purposes. The ELA and Math tests are state tests used mostly in public schools. The ERB is mainly for placement for private schools.
Q. Why have the ELA and Math state tests changed?
A. New York State has adopted more comprehensive core standards that each child needs to follow in order to be promoted to the next grade level. The new state exams reflect these changes. Long ago, there was “social promotion,” a time when students were promoted due to their age, but that is no longer the case now.
ALL ABOUT THE ELA STATE TEST
Q. What type of reading material is tested on the new ELA?
A. The texts will be taken from a variety of fictional and nonfictional work. What is new is that the passages will discuss more modern topics (such as technology) and current events, as opposed to the outdated topics in years prior.
Q. Will the passage length remain the same as in years prior?
A. No. The passages will be much longer than what your child has experienced in prior years on ELA tests, with fewer pictures.
Q. Will the question types remain the same?
A. Standardized tests have similar question types from year to year. On the new ELA test, expect to see a lot more interpretive answers as opposed to straightforward ones. When the questions ask you to choose the BEST answer, they really mean it. There will be many great second options. It will be more difficult than before to use the process of elimination.
Q. What skills will the test questions focus on?
A. The questions will focus on comparing two or more texts (including listening passages, writing passages, and graphics); discussing arguments, evidence, and claims; engaging with both literary and informational texts; and responding to more textdependent prompts. 35% of prompts require students to argue/convey an opinion, 35% require them to explain, and 30% require them to convey experience.
Q. Can my school teacher help my student prepare for the new ELA?
A. School teachers and other school faculty throughout New York State have attended mandatory workshops regarding the new ELA exam and its format since September. Hopefully, your school has hosted a workshop on the changes for parents as well. Several new workbooks and guides have been published and distributed to school students since September.
Q. What are the “constructedresponse” questions on the ELA?
A. Here, students are expected to gather their thoughts based on what they have read in the prior passages and organize them in a wellwritten short response. They need to provide “evidence” as they write. No multiple choice options will be provided. Students should expect to see one prompt or question followed by several lines where they are expected to compose an answer.
Q. What does my child need to do to prepare for the constructed response questions?
A. When a student is asked to respond to a prompt or question, he should always show support for that answer by stating the answer and providing textual evidence to support it. (We frequently tell our students at Kweller Prep, “Don’t choose it unless you can prove it.”) The goal of the short response questions is to require students to succinctly demonstrate their ability to comprehend text. In responding to these questions, students will be expected to write in complete sentences. Responses should require no more than three complete sentences.
Q. How “short” are the short responses?
A. Each short response is between 2 to 3 lines. Please note the test creators expect them to be filled! The ELA will provide lined space for the constructed response answers. Your child MUST write as much as possible to get a complete score. Encourage the child to keep constructively writing.
Q. What should my child expect from the Extended Constructed Response questions?
A. Extended constructed response sample questions are designed to assess a student’s ability to write from sources. They will focus primarily on common core writing standards. Many will be framed around a central question, and all will reference one or two texts. Extended constructed response questions allow students to demonstrate the ability to write a coherent essay using textual evidence to support their ideas. Student responses will be rated based on CCLS writing standards and a student’s command of evidence to defend his or her point.
Q. What will be tested on the Multiple Choice Critical Reading?
A. Central idea, style elements, character and plot development, and a lot of vocabularyincontext questions will be tested. Expect to see many multistep questions here, where students will be expected to combine skills to answer questions correctly. Straightforward answers will be few and far between. Some questions will ask students to identify aspects of text or vocabulary. Many questions will require students to combine skills. For example, questions may ask students to identify a small piece of text that best supports the central idea.
Q. What does my child need to do to prepare for the multiple choice questions?
A. Each set of multiple choice questions is based on the prior passage. The student must first comprehend the central idea of the reading excerpt and then show understanding of how that idea is supported. Students should read a lot beforehand throughout the school year. Students should comfortably be able to answer the “whowhatwherewhenwhy” of each passage they read. It is very important that students recognize what the “best” answer choice is. There are many “good” answer choices, but only one is the “best.”
Q. Does handwriting count?
A. This year, bad handwriting will count against the student. In prior years, it did not. Parents would joke about their children writing sloppily like “future doctors,” but unfortunately illegible handwriting is not acceptable any longer on State tests. If the people grading the test can’t read an answer, it will receive a grade of zero.
Q. How are the multiple choice Critical Reading questions different on the New ELA?
A. The new ELA will have many evil “distractor” answer choices as well. Basically, this means that those who design the test questions are also designing “trap” answers that could lead your child in the wrong direction. The multiplechoice questions in particular will have more “traps” than in prior years. Critical reading is key.
Q. Can my child receive extended time on the ELA and Math tests?
A. Yes, but you need to have a 504 or IEP plan. Please contact your school regarding this, as you should try to have these forms completed months in advance.
ALL ABOUT THE MATH STATE TEST
Q. What should we expect on the new Math State test?
A. This particular test will have many more multistep, interpretive questions for students to decipher. The core curriculum math standards will be tested depending on the child’s grade level, and each grade (3 to 8) receives its on Math State test. For example, the new Math test will have more questions pertaining to fractions as opposed to easy straightforward questions with whole numbers that were tested on prior exams.
Q. How is the Multiple Choice on the new Math State test different?
A. Every multiple choice question on the new Math State test will have “trap” answers, making this test one of the most difficult in years. Because distractors will be based on plausible missteps, each student should work out the math problems carefully before looking at the multiplechoice options. Multiplechoice math questions are designed to assess NYS common core math standards and incorporate both standards and math practices in realworld applications. Math multiplechoice questions assess procedural and conceptual standards. Unlike questions on past math assessments, many require the use of multiple skills and concepts.
Q. Can my child use a calculator?
A. Yes. Starting with grade 6. Also, after the 8th grade testing ends, students can use scientific calculators on regents exams and even graphing calculators on PSAT, SAT, ACT and many Advanced Placement (AP) exams and subject tests, but that won’t occur until years later.
Q. What should my child expect from the Math Short Constructed Responses?
A. Here, the student is expected to solve the math problem and show all work proving how he or she got to the right answer. No multiple choice options are available for this part. Math short constructed response questions are similar to past 2point questions, asking students to complete a task and show their work. Like multiplechoice questions, short constructed response questions will often require multiple steps, the application of multiple math skills, and realworld applications. Many of the short constructed response questions will cover conceptual and application standards.
Q. What should my child expect from the Math Extended Constructed Responses?
A. Math extended constructed response questions are similar to past 3point questions, asking students to show their work in completing two or more tasks or one more extensive problem. Extended constructed response questions allow students to show their understanding of math procedures, conceptual understanding, and application.
Q. Where can I obtain sample questions for the ELA and Math State tests?
Source: NYS Department of Education
COMMON CORE SAMPLE QUESTIONS
English Language Arts (ELA) 
Mathematics 
Grade 3 ELA (626KB) 
Grade 3 Math (420KB) 
Grade 4 ELA (640KB) 
Grade 4 Math (520KB) 
Grade 5 ELA (663KB) 
Grade 5 Math (440KB) 
Grade 6 ELA (715KB) 
Grade 6 Math (524KB) 
Grade 7 ELA (633KB) 
Grade 7 Math (542KB) 
Grade 8 ELA (638KB) 
Grade 8 Math (283KB) 
How to Pass the ELA and Math State Tests
Quick Article and Quick Tips — By Frances Kweller, Founder of Kweller Prep
Fewer than 1/3 of the students passed the NYS ElA and Math state tests. However over 90% of the students I trained at Kweller Prep scored a 4 or higher, among the highest levels in the entire state. Kweller Prep is headquartered in Forest Hills Queens and there is a smaller location in midtown Manhattan. Our ELA and Math programs, as demonstrated, are wonderful. But for those of you who can’t make it, here are my tips on how we got so many kids—from all different levels and backgrounds—to excel on the ELA and math state exams this year.
READ READ READ. You have to get your child in “reading mode” at least one to two grades levels above his or her own. At Kweller Prep, we used 5^{th} and 6^{th} grade reading material to teach our 3^{rd} and 4^{th} graders. The tougher the better. Kids are like sponges at this age they absorb everything. There is plenty of advanced reading material available at higher levels—use it! Don’t be afraid of going three reading levels higher to challenge your child. You would be amazed at how hard the reading material we used to prep kids for this year’s ELA was. They all excelled—and enjoyed the course! Play Math Games! There are so many fantastic math Olympiad questions online. Get your child to do the hardest around! At Kweller Prep, we found the kids enjoyed the challenge of “teamingup” to answer math game problems. The challenging the better.
Make prepping for the ELA & Math state tests fun! Give your child incentives or prizes every time he or she gets questions right. At Kweller Prep, we rented an ice cream truck once most kids were at an 80% accuracy or higher. We allocated towards small prizes that made a big difference—everything from high bouncing balls to Harvard Tshirts for kids. This way, students feel “rewarded” for all their hard work. Remember handwriting? Unfortunately, in school, students no longer seem to have the pressures of good penmanship or writing in legible script. At Kweller Prep, we have 7^{th} and 8^{th} grade students 2^{nd} grade handwriting books to practice their print. You can easily look up handwriting paper if you are on a budget as well. We were “handwriting” obsessed, and tried to fix years of illegible text in our 2 month ELA Math Prep course—and guess what? It worked. By teaching kids to write slower, and really concentrate on the clarity of each letter, we produced better (hand) writers.
Teach them SAT words! I cannot stress how kids in grades 3 to 8 are like sponges. The ELA and Math tests are supposedly all about “college readiness,” right? Well what test is more collegeready than the SAT? I suggest you invest in the direct hits books of core SAT vocabulary. It is well worth the investment. Check out other States. Ok so NY used the new ELA and Math state tests as of this year, but how about the other 28 states that started implementing the core curriculum years ago? All their stuff is online! Use it! Print it! At Kweller Prep, we printed exams from almost every other state to challenge our kids in the course. It worked! BTW, Georgia and Texas were my favorites!
Challenge them! Make no mistake, I do not support the ELA and Math State Exams, but I do believe in challenging kids to excel beyond their grade levels. Go ahead! Buy your 3^{rd} grader the 5^{th} grade English & Math workbook. You will be surprised at how interested he or she will be in learning the “hardstuff.” Send your kids to Kweller Prep! I mean, I sincerely hope you do, but if not, then feel free to reach out to us anyway with questions! 1(800) 6311757 or email info@KwellerPrep.com
ELA and Math State Tests Standards
New York State adopted the Common Core Standards in July 2010 with the understanding that New York State could add an additional 15% of NYSspecific standards in ELA and Mathematics. The Board of Regents approved the New York State P12 Common Core Learning Standards in January 2011. See the New York State P12 Common Core Learning Standards for Math and ELA.
The Common Core State Standards are fewer, clearer and higher than most state standards, and include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher order skills. But how do the CCSS compare to the NYS standards? See the table below for some key differences between the current NYS Standards and Common Core State Standards.
ELA Differences 
Math Differences 
Standards increase in complexity from K12, helping to articulate what students need to know and be able to do along this trajectory and assist with differentiation  Fewer topics; more generalizing and linking of concepts

Literacybuilding as a shared responsibility for all content area teachers  Emphasis on both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency starting in the early grades 
Literacybuilding as a shared responsibility for all content area teachers  Emphasis on both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency starting in the early grades

Emphasis on steadily increasing students’ ability to understand more and more complex text over time  Focus on mastery of complex concepts in higher math (e.g., algebra and geometry) via handson learning 
Integration of research skills across standards and grades  
Emphasis on writing to argue, inform, and explain in the upper grades to prepare students for collegelevel writing  Emphasis on mathematical modeling in the upper grades 