Age Ranges for Students with Disabilities Participating in the 2020-21 NYSAA

Students with disabilities participating in the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) are assessed according to chronological ages aligned with grade levels. The chart below provides information on the age ranges for students with disabilities participating in the 2020-21 NYSAA. Students should be tested based on their birthdate in the content areas indicated for each grade level.

Please contact the Office of State Assessment at 518-474-5900 if you have any questions regarding the birthdate ranges for students participating in the NYSAA.

Birthdate NYSAA Grade and Component
September 1, 2011–August 31, 2012 Grade 3 ELA and Math
September 1, 2010–August 31, 2011 Grade 4 ELA, Math and Science
September 1, 2009–August 31, 2010 Grade 5 ELA and Math
September 1, 2008–August 31, 2009 Grade 6 ELA and Math
September 1, 2007–August 31, 2008 Grade 7 ELA and Math
September 1, 2006–August 31, 2007 Grade 8 ELA, Math, and Science
September 1, 2002–August 31, 2003 Secondary-Level ELA, Math, and Science*

* NYSAA-eligible students who do not meet the age criteria above and plan to exit school before they reach their eighteenth birthday must take the secondary-level NYSAA before they leave school (i.e. , when they are 17 years old). NYSAA-eligible students with a birthdate prior to September 1, 2002 w ho have not been assessed at the secondary level, with the exception of those noted below, must be assessed in 2020-21 before they leave school.

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