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State Education Department seeks public comment on new draft English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released new draft New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards for public comment. According to NYSED, "The new draft standards are the culmination of a year-long effort to gather feedback from teachers and parents. Two committees comprised of more than 100 teachers and parents reviewed every standard and recommended changing 60 percent of the ELA and 55 percent of the mathematics standards." NYSED is accepting public comments on the draft standards through Nov. 14. READ MORE

Resource: Glossary of tests

Tests, assessments, exams: teachers use them daily to gain valuable insight and feedback on what and how students are learning. DOWNLOAD GLOSSARY PDF

Making numbers count: How educators use data to guide instruction & improve learning

Just like doctors use data and analysis to make decisions about patient care, teachers and school leaders collect information every day about students to ensure a successful learning experience. In fact, data and analysis are key to everything that goes on inside a school facility—from how a building is designed and the way services are provided to decisions about curriculum and technology.

Educators use a variety of methods and tools to gain a better picture of what a student’s needs might be. Such information helps them understand which instructional strategies are working and where more support and alternative strategies are required. READ MORE (PDF)

Resource: Tests, assessments, exams as time savers

View a video about why assessments- of any type - are used in school and how they save time for students and teachers. View the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W21NgygMSr4&feature=youtu.be

President signs Every Student Succeeds Act into law

For the first time since 2001, the United States has new federal legislation governing education. On Dec. 10, 2015 President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bipartisan bill passed both houses of Congress by wide margins earlier this month. This came after three failed attempts to replace NCLB since it expired in 2007.

According to news reports, the new law serves as a framework – with provisions addressing school accountability, testing, learning standards, and interventions for low-performing schools – and gives states and local school districts greater control and discretion when it comes to the specifics of how these provisions will be implemented. READ MORE

SCS graduation rates on the rise

If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village, educators included, to ensure that the child completes high school. SCS's administration recognizes the successful efforts of the district’s faculty, staff, students and families toward improving the graduation rate, which rose from 78 percent in 2011 to more than 91 percent in 2015. READ MORE

More than a basic education - going beyond the basics in Schoharie

Today’s graduate needs much more than a basic education. Read how Schoharie Central School goes beyond the state-mandated core curriculum

Teaching is the Core grant informs instruction

Schoharie Central School District has been working to implement the action plan developed through the Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant, a $399,946 State Education Department grant that aims to support improvement of assessment practices in regional schools. The grant has provided SCS educators with added perspective as the district continues to develop Common Core curriculum. READ MORE

Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review and it is the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New York State. The intent of APPR is to assist educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers. District APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and be negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations and student performance. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately receive an overall effectiveness rating every year.  Learn more:

APPR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

APPR GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Common Core

The state learning standards are essentially a series of learning goals and expectations that guide curriculum development and teaching practices across the state. The standards, adopted by New York in 2011, are comprised of the Common Core State Standards – national academic standards developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers – along with a small set of additional standards.

The Common Core State Standards were developed by a group of key stakeholders – teachers, business representatives, school administrators, governors, state education leaders, and content experts – from 46 states, including New York.

Information  & resources

NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (pdf) brochure by Questar III BOCES

Common Core State Standards Initiative : http://www.corestandards.org

New York State Education Department: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/

EngageNY: http://engageny.org/

The Hunt Institute (YouTube videos on Common Core State Standards):
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHuntInstitute

Providing feedback on Common Core and state assessments:
Link to the State Education Department's online comment form at https://www.engageny.org/content/curriculum-feedback-form 

Tests happen throughout school and life: Helping students prepare

 Parent Today offers a great resource for parents and guardians: Don't stress the test - Preparing your students for taking tests in general (helpful tips for all tests).

State tests are required

SCS students take a number of exams every year, including Regents exams, Advanced Placement exams, local exams and required New York State assessments. Neither state law nor the education commissioner’s regulations detail a specific legal right or mechanism for students – or school districts – to formally refuse the required state assessments, except for certain exceptions such as those involving students with disabilities.

Special Education

Visit the district's Special Education webpage for information and resources.

More resources for parents

Testing resources for students, families, teachers

From the- family resource section of the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) EngageNY website:

 

Regents Exams: English Language Arts – Webcast

The webcast presents an introduction and overview of the New York State Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) and provides important information regarding the test’s purpose, design and content. This session explains how the test reflects the shifts in student learning required by the Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy. The session also presents the test blueprint and discusses the three test parts.

 

Engageny Parent and Families Toolkit

EngageNY is the official web site for current materials and resources related to the Regents Reform Agenda. The agenda includes the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE), and Data-Driven Instruction (DDI).

 

NYS School Report Card

NYS School Report Card for Schoharie Central School District

 

 

 

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