Computer Based Testing for 5th & 8th Grade

In the coming weeks, your child will have computer-based testing (CBT) for all New York State Testing (English Language Arts, Math & Science). This year it is mandated that grades 5 & 8 be tested using CBT (Computer Based Testing). This is our school’s first year participating in the longer-term transition to computer-based testing for New York State tests.

Central Park East II, along with other public schools, is required to administer these New York State tests to all students. However, many CPEII parents choose to exercise their parental right (as confirmed by ESSA and acknowledged by city and state officials) to refuse the tests for their students and opt their child out of the State tests. If you would like to do this, please complete this form.  OPT OUT HERE


If you want more information about Opting Out - got to If you have questions about the test please email Naomi or Julie who are copied in this email. CPE II is committed to supporting all students regardless of their family's choice for testing.

Please note the following:

  • Testing schedule:  Students in grade 5 will take the ELA on April 11 & 12, Math on May 7 & 18.
  • Students in grade 8 with take the ELA on April April 15 & 16, Math on May 9 & 10.
  • Just like the paper test, the computer-based test is untimed.
  • Digital Readiness: Teachers will use technology in their classrooms as one way to ensure that students are prepared for success on the computer-based tests. Our school has been preparing for students to have a seamless transition to computer-based testing, including our participation in a simulation of testing day.
  • Accommodations: If your child is eligible to receive accommodations for the New York State tests, he or she is eligible for accommodations for the computer-based test. Our staff will consult your child’s IEP to determine how accommodations are provided for your child on the computer-based test.
  • If you would like to learn more about the transition to online testing, see this NYSED web site ( You and your child can view practice items in the Question Sampler: