North Colonie is part of a consortium of 12 school districts led by Capital Region BOCES that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. Other districts include, Cohoes, Guilderland, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Schalmont, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville and Watervliet.
The “Teaching is the Core” grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide. Each district will create a local assessment review team of teachers and administrators to conduct the work. An education consultant will also provide extensive training, helping all the districts to determine the review process, what assessments to review, and to create an action plan based on their findings. Engaging parents in each district on the use of assessments is also a goal of the grant.
“We are pleased to be a part of this local consortium exploring assessment practices,” said North Colonie Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Kathy Skeals. “The opportunity to share our ideas and thinking with other area schools will allow us to review our current portfolio and practices to ensure that we have a variety of means by which to gauge our students’ progress.”
“We are excited that these districts will now have the resources to complete this important work,” added Capital Region BOCES Assistant District Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Lynne Wells. “Reviewing assessment practices will help ensure they support student learning to the highest degree possible.”