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 grant from the New York State Education
Department that aims to support improvement of assessment practices in
regional schools. Through the grant, led by Capital Region BOCES,
Schoharie is collaborating with Learner-Centered Initiatives
consulting group to review and improve testing practices in
District teams have conducted reviews of current
district assessments, learned to develop high-quality assessments and
scoring rubrics and created action plans to begin to implement improved
testing practices. Information about this process may be found
In March 2015, district teams participated in
all-day professional development, focused on the creation of
high-quality tests and consistent scoring rubrics and how test results
can be best used to meaningfully inform instruction.
Later in the month, consultants from eDoctrina met
with district teams to review the capabilities and use of the software
system, which can be used to streamline curriculum planning and learning
goals, support meaningful analysis of student assessment data and
implementation of targeted interventions.
All consortium districts, including Schoharie
Central School District, met individually with LCI consultants in early
May to review and strengthen the district action plan, which can be
viewed here. In June, districts will collaborate through peer review
sessions to share feedback on plans and address challenges and successes
of putting them into action.
Ongoing professional development will continue, including further exploration of scoring
rubric design and the creation of multiple choice questions that
meaningfully assess student learning.
The TiTC grant period concludes June 30; however,
the knowledge gained through the grant will allow Schoharie Central
School District to sustain the ongoing review and improvement of testing
practices to strengthen instruction and student learning.
"The team has gained perspective on the value of
utilizing authentic assessment as an embedded element within the
instructional process," said Schoharie Central School District Director
of Curriculum and Pupil Personnel Services Linda Nevulis. "This will
enable the Schoharie Central School District to create assessments for
our Common Core Curriculum Development process."
Information on the TiTC grant process from earlier
this year may also be found in an SCS news
story from March 2015.