NYC Parents Can View Their Children’s New York State Standardized Tests

Did you know that you have the right to see your child’s New York State standardized test responses?
All you have to do is complete the attached Department of Education form and make a formal request in writing (via letter or email) to the principal of your child’s school.
You should be able to view a portion of the test questions and responses, likely including books 2 and 3 from the English Language Arts (ELA), which include the written short and long answer responses.  The State is not allowing parents to view books that contain field test questions for next year.
The State will not allow you to view the scoring key, thus parents cannot know for sure which items their children answered incorrectly.  However, you can view and print the “item maps,” which may give parents an understanding of what the State was attempting to measure with each question.  You can print the item map for your child’s grade and bring it with you when you view the exam.
You are allowed to have an advocate with you as your view the tests, but you will not be allowed to take pictures of the test items.  If you decide to take this action, please feel free to email us at to share your experience.