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Letter: Field Testing Memo

The New York State Education Department mandates field-testing in virtually all of its school districts. The purpose of field-testing is to help in determining whether items are appropriate and to establish whether an item is valid for use with the students it is designed to test. Although there may be philosophical differences regarding the State of New York’s testing program, there are also legal requirements.

In order for the state to develop valid and reliable tests, they need to utilize items that reliably measure what they are designed to assess. One of the ways this is done is by using data that is collected each year from field-testing. The improvement of assessments is connected to participation in field-testing of items for future tests. Without this information, the state cannot improve its tests.

Field tests are scheduled for June 2014. Unlike the usual grade 3-8 state assessments, these field tests are completed in a single sitting and take no more than 40 minutes. Our hope is that our participation in these field tests will contribute to the development of more effective state assessments.

The students who did not participate in the assessments earlier this year will not be expected to take the field tests. They should be prepared to quietly read during the administration of the test. A schedule will be available at your child’s school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal.

John Lorentz

Superintendent of Schools

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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