Assessment is the strategic collection of direct, observable evidence of student learning throughout the learning process, in order to inform teaching and learning. Data are collected and made available for staff use from a variety of sources. Fostering new ways to measure and monitor student learning is an ongoing task for the educators of the district.

Grades 3-8 Assessment Information
New York State schools are required to offer the following assessments in the spring:

Grades 3-8 English Language Arts
Grades 3-8 Mathematics
Grade 5 and 8 Science

Please view the assessment schedules on the New York State Education Department website. Specific schedules for each building will be shared, as well.

All assessments in grades 3-8 are computer based. New York State Education Department has provided a Question Sampler for Computer Based Testing, for those who would like to practice with their student.

NYS Regents Exams
While each school will communicate the Regents schedule, you can find more information regarding exam schedules from the New York State Education Department:
January 2024
June 2024

Advanced Placement Exams
Tina Rasmussen is the district's AP Coordinator.
Click here to view the 2024 AP Exam Schedule.
AP courses offered at East Rochester High School include: 

  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Psychology
  • AP World History
  • AP US History
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP Macroeconomics

Glossary of Terms
Diagnostic or Baseline: Occurs BEFORE teaching – the initial phase of assessment for learning. The purpose is to gather data in order to diagnose student needs; establish a starting point for learning and plan for instruction

Formative: Occurs DURING teaching – focus is on assessment for learning. The purpose is to gather data in order to monitor learning, inform planning and promote student reflection

Summative: Occurs AFTER teaching – focus is on assessment of learning. The purpose is to evaluate attainment of learning targets, and make decisions regarding grades, promotion, graduation; provides an opportunity for students to share what they’ve learned

Performance assessments: Designed to measure what students know through their ability to perform certain tasks. In certain situations, performance assessments — sometimes called performance-based assessments — may provide a more accurate indication of what students can do than traditional assessments are able to provide. Performance-based assessments typically include exhibitions, investigations, the creation of products, demonstrations, written or oral responses, journals, and portfolios.

Universal screening:
A quick assessment that measures a student’s skills or behaviors expected for his or her grade level. Screenings may be conducted once a year or as many as three times per year. Depending upon the results of the initial screening, the school team may recommend that a student is provided additional instructional support to address the student’s areas of need.

Progress monitoring: A term used to describe the systematic and continuous collection of information to determine if children receiving research-based instruction are responding to that instruction. ER educators use a variety of assessment tools to assist them in monitoring student progress.