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2018 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math State Exams:
The spring testing season is on the horizon

7 Things Families Should Know: An article about this year's tests.

Next Generation Learning Standards

 On Sept. 11, 2017, the Board of Regents adopted the Next Generation Learning Standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The Next Generation Learning Standards detail what students should know and be able to do at each grade level; they do not require school districts to follow any specific curriculum.

The new standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, higher education representatives and other stakeholders and will replace the Common Core Learning Standards. The new standards will be rolled out slowly over the next few years to provide adequate time for professional development and curriculum design.

The Next Generation English Language Arts Standards:

The Next Generation Mathematics Standards:

New science standards for pre-K-12

Schoharie HS students examine a brain in Anatomy & Physiology labSept. 2017: Schools across the state are phasing in new science standards for pre-K-grade 12 students, replacing standards adopted more than 20 years ago.

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

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)

Every Student Succeeds Act

On Dec. 10, 2015 President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The 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.

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.

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. A link to the district's plan may be found on the publications and forms webpage.

Common Core

Learning 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 set of additional standards.

Information  & resources

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

Common Core State Standards Initiative :

New York State Education Department:


The Hunt Institute (YouTube videos on Common Core State Standards):

Providing feedback on Common Core and state assessments:
Link to the State Education Department's online comment form at 

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

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).

Engageny Parent and Families Toolkit

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:

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).

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



NYS School Report Card

NYS School Report Card for Schoharie Central School District




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