The New York State Education Department (NYSED) released the 2012 grade three through eight assessment guidelines. These tests will be administered in April 2112. Read the release here.
According to the release, the first day ELA assessment will be 70 minutes long with a midway break. All other assessments will be developed with a 45 to 60 minute anticipated completion time. Schools will be required to schedule 90 minutes per session to accommodate varying student needs. SED has also spread both the ELA and math assessments over three days to help students adjust to the added length of the exams.
State Education Commissioner, John King, Jr. says in the release, "Our goal is to help every student graduate from high school college and career ready. These changes this year are another step toward even more comprehensive assessments that will help teachers move students toward that goal."