Principal Korrol Testing Meeting

Grades 3,4 and 5 parents are invited to a Zoom meeting with Principal Korrol tomorrow Friday April 9 at 9am to discuss the ELA, Math and Science State Exams and answer any questions you have about testing for this school year.

The Zoom link for this meeting is below. You must log on using your child’s DoE account:

Principal Korrol State Testing meeting 
Time: Apr 9, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 897 4308 9237 
Passcode: 235393 

NYS Exams- Grades 3, 4 and 5 Parents Please Read Carefully

Dear Grade 3, 4, 5 PS101 Families,

As we head into the spring, I know many of you have questions about standardized testing. In a typical year, State exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has required that 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 exams.

Parents must let us know if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams 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 exams will be administered in the school building?

The Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams, and the Grades 4 Science exams, will only be administered in your child’s school building. All schools will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
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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?

Your child’s teacher will be sending you a survey tomorrow April 8, 2021 that you must complete.
If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please fill out the Google Form by Tuesday, April 13, 2021. If you do not wish to have your child test you can fill out the survey stating you do not want to have your child take the exam.

If we do not hear back from you by Tuesday, April 13, 2021, your child will not participate in state testing.

If my child 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 State exams, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

My child 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—and you must complete the Google form stating you want you child to take the exam.

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

No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 NYS ELA, Math, or Science exams will not be penalized. The State Exam is not being used for class placement or for Middle School admissions.

When are the exams?

The exams will be administered sometime within the following dates.
We will inform you in the coming weeks of the specific date your child is taking the test.
If you child is Remote-Only, you will have a specific date and time to bring in your child, then pick them up.

  • English Language Arts for grades 3 through 8:  April 19–29, 2021
  • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14, 2021
  • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11, 2021

Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr. 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?

Information will be given at a later date. If we don’t have staff to safely supervise non-test taking students, students may have to stay home and participate in remote instruction on testing days.

Are the exams different this year?

Yes. This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams will be multiple choice only. The Science exams for (grades 4 only) will consist only of questions that are multiple choice or require a short, written answer.  

How long is the test?
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 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year. You can also always reach out to {insert contact information} 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.


Principal G. Korrol

Principal Korrol Video Update: State Exams and Opt-in

Exam Dates:

Grades 3, 4, & 5 ELA State Exam: April 19-29 (the test is one day and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

Grades 3, 4, & 5 Math State Exam: May 3-14 (the test is one day and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

Grades 4 Science State Exam: June7-9 (the test is one day and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

All Grades NYSESLAT (ESL STUDENTS ONLY): April- 19- June (the test is TWO days with four parts and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

Blended Students/In-Person will have the option of taking the exam in school (parents will be notified of the date)

Remote only Students have choice if they want to come in to PS 101 to take the exam (a form will be coming out after Spring Break for you to say if you want your child to take the test). If so, you will be assigned a specific window of time to bring your child in for the exam and they must be picked up right after. ALL Heath protocols MUST be followed (Health Screener and Mask)

****Everything Above may change if NYC cancels the exams***

Return to Blended Learning

The window is now open for students who wish to return to In-Person learning at PS 101.
You may fill out the Learning Preference Survey if you are fully remote and want your child to come into school.
If you are fully remote and want to remain fully remote, you do not need to fill out the form.

—->>>If you are sending your child in for in-person learning, you MUST send them everyday. If your child misses days that are not related to health, your child will be switched to remote only automatically.<<<—-

COVID-19 In School Testing

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please see the attached letter regarding Covid testing in schools below. You are being asked to sign the consent form and send it in to school with your child as soon as possible.

From the letter below: “NYCDOE are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.
Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).”

Update for Families on COVID-19 Testing – September 29, 2020

Consent Form:  Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form – September 27 2020

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Coming tomorrow: iReady Day at PS 101 :-)

Good morning PS 101 Families,

In order to do our usual end of year iReady diagnostic, we are designating two days to focus on iReady diagnostics (think of it like a doctor “check-up”), which will help us measure student progress and growth over the year. it’s VERY IMPORTANT that you do not assist your child with the diagnostic as it will lead to a false result and create a problem for your child for all future iReady use as they will be getting work that may be too hard.
Additionally, it’s important for students to take breaks throughout the diagnostic. Students will have an entire school day to complete the diagnostic and should take the diagnostic in 20-minute increments.
A sample schedule is provided below.

Parents, please watch the videos below to assist you:
  • NEW Video Guidance for Families Administering the i-Ready Diagnostic from Home(English) Video
  • Family Diagnostic Check-list: A list of to-dos for being as supportive as possible with your student(s) English | Spanish
  • Website: Family Guidance for Supporting Students Using i-Ready Assessment at Home This Spring (English and Spanish)


Students will start the day, as usual,  by logging into their Google Classroom, and read the daily message from their teacher.

The two designated testing days are:

  • Tuesday May 19, 2020: ELA iReady Exam
  • Tuesday May 26, 2020: Math iReady Exam
Sample Schedule for May 19:
9:00 – 9:30 i-Ready ELA Diagnostic
9:30-10:30 Brain Break Video
10:30-11:00 i-Ready ELA Diagnostic
11:00-11:30 Journal (participation grade )
11:30-12:00 Go Noodle
12:00 -1:00 LUNCH
1:00-1:30 I-Ready ELA Diagnostic
1:30-2:00 Kids Bop Video
2:30-3:00 i-Ready Diagnostic