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EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:
WPSBA Sponsors Panel on Student Data Privacy:
Common Core: N.Y. has begun uploading student data, Ed Commissioner tells schools, LoHud, by Gary Stern (12/2/2103), “Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association convened the panel discussion since the debate over student privacy has become a priority for many school districts. continued to voice confusion over how the state will better use data to track student needs and improve instruction…“We…do not understand why eight states have backed out but New York can’t.”
Editorial: State should 'slow down' to examine Common Core, Journal News, (11/20/2013), “…there’s been bipartisan concern about New York’s breakneck-speed adoption of Common Core…. If the Education Department ignores such calls for introspection, the Legislature and Cuomo should compel it.”
Anti-Truancy Efforts Notch High Marks; New Study Finds Students Can Turn Things Around if They Show Up to Class, Wall Street Journal, by Lisa Fleisher (11/19/2013); "As it turns out, students really do better in school if they actually go to school… If you can do the detective work with the little kids and their parents to figure out what is keeping them from school, and then—and this is the important part—you have to have some solution for them, it really is that simple."3 Westchester Assembly members seek end to new Common Core-linked tests, LoHud, by Gary Stern (10/21/2013); Three state Assembly members from Westchester are asking the state Board of Regents to scratch the new Common Core-linked tests, saying the tests for grades 3-8 are not an accurate indicator of student readiness for college or the workforce… The letter opens with this: “We believe the current testing program has the potential of doing more harm than good for both students and teachers."...“We essentially say that the state is moving too fast,” said [Amy] Paulin, a member of the Assembly Education Committee...“The Education Department is not being realistic, and we’re asking for common sense.”
READ THE LEGISLATORS' LETTER TO CHANCELLOR TISCH
How New York's Education Commissioner Blew It Big Time by Principal Carol Burris, Washington Post, posted by Valerie Strauss, (10/13/2013), “‘My will be done’ has been the tone and the tenor of chaotic reform in New York. In its rush to implement teacher evaluations, the Common Core and new testing, the state leadership has likened it to building a plane in the air....Without followership, no reform has a chance."
Deciding Who Sees Students' Data, NY Times, by By Natasha Singer (10/5/2013), “Schools across the country are looking at new online ways to integrate and analyze information about their students. But privacy advocates remain wary.” The Top School Issues of 2013-14, Lisa Davis, executive director of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, outlines this year's major issues in education. (10/4/2013 Video by Gary Stern/LoHud.com)
Lowey tells educators to brace for deep cuts in federal spending, The Journal News, Gary Stern (9/16/2013), Districts can’t possibly make up the difference with local funds when they’ve already reduced programming and are restrained by the state’s tax-levy cap, said Susan Wollin, president of the Bedford Board of and the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association, “We can’t stand by idly as the federal government touts education for our most vulnerable students but cuts the funding to do so." WPSBA Statement at 9/16/2013 Lowey press conference.
The Common Core and the Common Good, NY Times, Charles M. Blow (8/22/2013) "The problem is that, in some states, Common Core testing has been implemented before teachers, or the public for that matter, have been instructed in how to teach students using the new standards. ...We insist on prioritizing testing over teaching- punishments over preparation…Common Core is for the common good, if only we can get our act together and properly implement it."
WPSBA IN THE NEWS:
WPSBA Statement at NYS Education Commissioner Forum, Port Chester, Oct 28, 2013
Hudson Valley leader [Lisa Davis] rallies school boards for change, Newsday, Meghan Murphy (2/9/2013), "It's the small victories that keep her going, she [Lisa Davis] says…You have to keep up the fight. You take the small little victories and keep reminding yourself that you're doing it for the kids."
WPSBA SPEAKS OUT ON SCHOOL SAFETY CONCERNS with letter to state and federal legislators urging appropriate resources and funding for student and mental health services, and the exemption of non-aided safety and security costs from the property tax-levy limit calculation.
READ THE REPORT:
Regional 2012-2013 NY Assessment Scores- comparative data map
Regional 2012-13 NY Assessment Score Data from NYSED
NYS Education Reform Commission Preliminary Report
Federal Mandates on Local Education: Costs and Consequences – Yes, it’s a Race, but is it in the Right Direction? , Ken Mitchell, Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, SUNY New Paltz, Discussion Brief #8- Fall 2012
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