NYSUT's parent brochures explaining the upcoming grade 3-8 tests in math and English language arts are available in limited quantities; they are also available to download.
Test dates were rescheduled repeatedly and content was shifted after media reports questioned the lengthier exams for younger students. In December, the State Education Department rescheduled both the ELA and math tests for three days in April.
The ELA tests will be administered April 17-19, with make-up days April 20, 23 and 24.
The math tests will be administered April 25, 26 and 27. Make-up dates are April 30, May 1 and 2.
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Read Across America
Read Across America Day on March 2 focuses on The Lorax, Dr. Seuss' book on the importance of preserving the environment. An animated movie adaptation of the book opens the same day.
The National Education Association sponsors the event, now in its 15th year, to help children discover the joy of reading.
For more information, visit www.nea.org/readacross.
NYSUT members' discount
SmileMakers, an official NEA Member Benefits partner, is offering 25 percent off more than 80 Dr. Seuss items. Visit http://www.smilemakers.com/ or call 888-800-SMILE and use the special promotional code NYSUT to receive the Seuss discount, and 25-50 percent off all other SmileMakers products.