Is computer-based testing (CBT) mandatory for grades 3-8 ELA and math in spring 2017?

No. The decision to “go” operational CBT is an optional choice made at the local level by the school/district. NYSED will be offering the option to “go” operational CBT for years 2017, 2018, and 2019. The aim is that all schools and districts will migrate to operational CBT for all grades 3-8 ELA and Math by the year 2020.

From the NYSED online examination request system, schools/districts will have the ability to choose grade and content area for ordering computer-based tests to administer in their schools for spring 2017. You can find more information about ordering tests through the NYSED online examination request system in the Memo released in November: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2017/905elamath-17.pdf.