New York State Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts

Note: This WestEd project was completed in 2016.


WestEd partnered with prime contractor, Questar Assessment, to provide test-development services to New York State for its assessments in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) in grades 3 through 8.

Content Specialists from WestEd’s Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Services (SAAS) program facilitated item-writing workshops, where teachers were trained to write items for the assessments, and worked with the New York State Education Department to review and revise developed test materials.

Test items developed by WestEd first appeared on the state’s summative assessments beginning with the spring 2017 administration.