Principals who want to take the first step into computer-based testing (CBT) can elect to administer the stand-alone field tests (SAFT) on computer by selecting "Computer-Based SAFT" on the School Information page in the online examination request system. (Online requests for all Grades 3-8 ELA and math tests, including selection of SAFT format, must be submitted by December 15, 2017.)
The field testing format selection ("Computer-Based SAFT" or "Paper Based SAFT") is available directly beneath the school contact information and scanning center selection.
The testing administration window for all stand-alone field tests will be Monday, May 21 through Friday, June 8, 2018.
The Department encourages schools that did not elect to administer the 2017 stand-alone field tests or operational tests on computer to participate in computer-based stand-alone field testing in spring 2018.
Choosing to participate in computer-based stand-alone field testing provides the opportunity for schools to assess their technology readiness for CBT and provides administrators, teachers, and students an opportunity to become familiar with CBT in a low-stakes testing environment. As with paper-based stand-alone field testing, when participating in computer-based stand-alone field testing, each school will be assigned by the Department to test a specific grade and content area in order to ensure that the needed representative sampling of New York State students is achieved. It is not possible for schools to select a grade or content area for stand-alone field testing.
The schools field testing assignment is sent via letter to the schools in March and is also posted on the Office of State Assessment website.