In the city, no decision yet on how ELA test dates might change calendar

— Syracuse City School District communications coordinator Michael Henesey said the district’s academic calendar has not yet been changed to accommodate the new testing dates, but the school board will likely address the situation at its next meeting.

“Nothing will be official until our board meets in September,” Henesey said.

State Education Commissioner Dr. John King announced last week in a letter to districts statewide that the dates of the exams had been changed to the week of April 16. That’s the same week spring break is scheduled to take place for 10 percent of districts statewide, including all districts that have a contract for shared services with Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.

The tests used to take place in May, but the State Education Department moved them up to accommodate a new teacher assessment system.

Superintendent Sharon Contreras is expected to make a recommendation to the board on how and if the district’s spring break should be adjusted, and the final decision would be made by the board.

Henesey said the district’s calendar digest, an outline of vacations and major dates on the academic calendar, is typically finalized in May.

“From what I’ve been told, and what I’m hearing, this has never happened before,” he added.

The Syracuse school board meets next at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Read Sarah Hall's full story on how the date change is impacting other local school districts here.

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