New Your State School Boards Association

905 schools set to try computer-based testing

On Board Online • May 23, 2016

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

For the first time, school districts that are field-testing material for New York's future grade 3-8 exams have the option to administer the tests by computer, and more than a third of participating schools are doing so, according to the State Education Department.

In total, students in 905 schools around the state will use computers to take this year's field tests, said Peter Swerdzewski, assistant commissioner in SED's Office of State Assessment, Standards and Curriculum.

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News Releases

School Boards Association reports that 98.5 percent of school budgets pass; more than three-quarters of override attempts succeed

FOR RELEASE: May 18, 2016

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

New York State voters approved an overwhelming 98.5 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 17, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

"Despite a near-zero tax cap, school districts managed to put together spending plans that in some cases restored educational programs and services, thanks to a large infusion of state aid," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "The question is, will the state be able to sustain that commitment going forward?"

"The tax cap may be helping to keep taxes down, but it comes at a cost to our schools, which now need the state to make up for the funding they cannot raise locally," Kremer added.

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 655 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was 10. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 11 districts.

In the fifth year of the state's property tax cap, 640 districts proposed budgets with tax levies that were within their caps and required only a simple majority to pass. Of those districts, 99.7 percent saw their budgets pass.


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Building Equity in Learning

CoverHave you ever wondered if comments you hear about gender differences and learning are really true? Are boys better at math? Are girls better at English?

NYSSBA's new report, Building Equity in Learning, tackles assumptions about how girls and boys learn, drawing on research to debunk or clarify them.

The report offers recommendations to help every student reach his or her full learning potential.

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NYSSBA 2016 Legislative Priorities

A legislative year brings new challenges. From reform of the learning standards to budgetary pressures to new laws and regulations, school districts continue to navigate a complex education system. With this in mind, the New York State School Boards Association offers recommendations for change that would help address these issues to benefit our students and communities.

NYSSBA 2016 Budget Analysis

2016- 17 Final State Aid Runs


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