Resource: Glossary of tests
Tests, assessments, exams: teachers use them daily
to gain valuable insight and feedback on what and how students are
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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.
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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.
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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 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 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
More than a basic education - going beyond the
basics in Schoharie
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
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. Learn more:
APPR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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
P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (pdf) brochure by Questar III
Common Core State Standards Initiative :
New York State Education Department:
The Hunt Institute (YouTube videos on Common Core
Providing feedback on Common Core and state
Link to the State Education Department's online comment form 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).
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.
Visit the district's
Special Education webpage for information and resources.
More resources for parents
Testing resources for students, families,
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
NYS School Report Card
NYS School Report Card for Schoharie Central School District