Release the School Aid Runs – Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the Educational Conference Board
January 26, 2015
Dear Governor Cuomo:
The New York State Educational Conference Board – comprised of the seven leading educational organizations representing parents, classroom teachers, school-related professionals, school business officials, building administrators, superintendents and school boards – calls upon the state to immediately release a 2015-16 state aid proposal and corresponding school aid runs allocating the approximate $1.1 billion increase as presented by the Governor last week.
On Board Online • January 26, 2015
By Cathy Woodruff
NYSSBA is weighing in against a proposed rule change that would explicitly require schools to administer the stand-alone field tests used to vet potential questions for future state tests.
NYSSBA "opposes stand-alone field tests, based on concerns expressed by its members and the parents of the children they serve," Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer wrote in a Jan. 5 letter to Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Wagner. Parents have complained that field tests rob schools of instructional time, and some districts have refused to participate.
"While NYSSBA recognizes that required standardized tests need to be validated, it believes such validation should not be dependent upon stand-alone field tests," Kremer continued. "Instead, such validation should be accomplished by the insertion of sample questions in existing tests and by producing more versions of the tests."
Kremer's letter also acknowledged that the State Education Department's reliance on stand-alone field tests is largely a consequence of insufficient state funding to embed more trial questions within regular "operational" exams. He noted that NYSSBA "has long advocated for the state to fully fund the state assessment program."Read the entire article>>
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