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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

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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