“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.
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