Written by Jill Nossa Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00
Last week, the Glen Cove Board of Education sent a letter to Commissioner John P. King Jr. of the NYS Education Department requesting reassessment of the Common Core implementation schedule and the system of teacher assessments as well as reconsidering the department’s method of student data collection. The board has passed two resolutions—one in December, the second on Jan. 16—as a result of their frustrations over these two issues and has now officially voiced their concerns to the NYSED.
“As an outcome of the new regulations regarding teacher and principal evaluations, coupled with untimely and inappropriate implementation of the Common Core, the Board of Education has recognized the detrimental effect upon not only our children but that of children across the state of New York,” the letter says.
The board members note the importance of enhancing students’ learning in the letter, but state that the positive effect of the curriculum will take time, and that the growing reliance on standardized testing is “eroding student learning time” and impacting the educational system as a whole. Additionally, they state that the manner in which regulations guiding the teacher and principal evaluation system (APPR) is “flawed.”
“It is apparent to educators and parents in our community that the current assessment system fails to recognize the diverse student population we serve,” says the letter.
The letter also mentions the board members’ concern with the data collection system used by the State Education Department (SED), stating that some of the data is “unneccessary” for placement in vendor data systems like InBloom.
“The Board has serious concerns regarding the intrusiveness of the data collection and storage decisions of SED as it relates to the state’s goals for preparing students for career and college readiness,” it says.
The topic has been a hot debate among parents and educators in the community, so this is welcome news.
“I am grateful and proud to live in a district that is taking a stand against the harmful SED policies affecting our students, teachers and parents,” says Kimberly Velentzas, Glen Cove parent and liaison to Long Island Opt-Out. “The Glen Cove BOE and Superintendent
Rianna have shown they put our children first. Once excessive testing and APPR is removed from our schools, they will flourish.”