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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

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Fort Plain, NY 13339




Fort Plain receives grant to review and improve assessment practices

BOCES-led consortium wins $393,966 to review assessments

Fort Plain CSD one of fourteen districts included

A consortium of 14 school districts led by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES has won $393,966 to review and improve student assessment practices.

The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide. (http://www.nysed.gov/press/RELEASES/2014 RELEASES/TITC Awards release_Final_August2014.docx)

“The power of this grant is in the collaboration,” said Fort Plain CSD Superintendent Douglas Burton. “Our teachers have always analyzed assessment data, but to be able to work with other districts, to know what they have already tried, to identify similarities, to dig deep into the reasons behind the numbers, that is powerful.”

Fourteen districts are part of the consortium: Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Canajoharie, Edinburg, Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Gloversville, Johnstown, Lake Pleasant, Mayfield, Northville, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, Wells, and Wheelerville.

"We are very excited that our districts have this opportunity to review assessments," said HFM BOCES Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst. "The process is intended to help improve the instructional programs in our schools and ensure that student learning is supported to the highest degree."

Each district will create a local assessment review team of teachers and administrators to conduct the work. An education consultant will also provide extensive training, helping all the districts to determine the review process, what assessments to review, and to create an action plan based on their findings. Engaging parents in each district on the use of assessments is also a goal of the grant.