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NYSSBA analyzes issues in Pre-K adoption

On Board Online • December 15, 2014

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

There is a large and growing body of research showing the positive impact of prekindergarten (or pre-K) on student learning. But implementing pre-K programs in school districts can be a challenge.

The rural Schoharie school district about 40 miles west of Albany, for instance, finally implemented a pre-K program in the second semester of the 2013-14 school year after six years of trying to secure funding.

"We have been requesting and campaigning for New York State to again appropriate funding for new pre-k programs," said Assistant Superintendent for Business Robert Bonaker. "We were finally successful in obtaining funds in the 2013-14 school year. We did not have the resources to do this within the budget without the grant funding."

Using about $120,000 in funding from the state, Schoharie was able to offer three classes for about 40 students. The district collaborated with a private preschool for two classes and with Schoharie County Head Start for another class.

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News Releases

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Statewide Teacher and Principal Evaluation Results

FOR RELEASE: December 17, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The continuing gap between student performance and educator evaluations illustrates why New York’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system is broken.


With more than 95 percent of educators deemed highly effective or effective, yet only one-third of graduating students considered college and career ready, the system is not serving its purpose of improving student achievement by informing instruction.


Moreover, the evaluation results do little to differentiate which teachers and principals perform well and which do not. The structure of the APPR system is overly complex, bureaucratic and easily manipulated.


State officials should go back to the drawing board on APPR and after meaningful discussions with the education community, including those charged with implementing it, create a new evaluation system that will serve New York's students.

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Nominations must be received by December 23, 2014 to be considered. Honorees will be recognized at NYSSBA’s Capital Conference, which will be held in Albany on March 15 and 16, 2015.


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Time: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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