Archive for June, 2012

Friday Wrap-Up — June 29, 2012

June 29th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Reports on the first meeting of the Governor’s Education Reform Commission, some school finance developments, a few items on teacher evaluations, mandate relief, the Common Core, and odds and ends. Read the rest of this entry »

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On graduation rates

June 15th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Earlier this week, the State Education Department reported on high school graduation rates for the cohort of students who entered 9th grade in 2007.  Data was also reported for the cohorts entering in the 2003 through 2006 school years.

More on the latest cohort rates below.  But the Department’s news release also cited something that I had also noted:  Education Week’s recent “Diplomas Count” report cited New York as having the 10th highest high school graduation rate in the nation, tied with two other states.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Governor adds superintendent to Education Reform Commission; regional meetings announced

June 15th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Governor Andrew Cuomo has added retiring Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES Superintendent Jessica Cohen to his Education Reform Commission.

For many reasons, we feel she is a perfect choice to ensure that the Commission receives the perspective of a practicing education leader in its deliberations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Testing testing

June 11th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Today the Senate Education Committee chaired by John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) conducted a hearing titled, “The Evolution of Student Assessments: Where we started; where we are; and where we should be going.”

Lorna Lewis, superintendent of East Williston (Nassau County), testified for the Council.  She is a member of our Executive Committee and Co-Chair of our Curriculum and Instruction Committee.

The Council’s written testimony described the positive effects of earlier state movements in testing, in contrast to concerns with the latest changes arising from their costs in money and lost instructional time and their limited usefulness in improving instruction.

A theme in our testimony is that too much of the emerging testing regimen seems driven by the goal of holding adults accountable — evaluating teachers and principals — rather than helping students gain in learning.

State Education Commissioner John King led off the hearing; here is his testimony.

A few other items on assessments… Read the rest of this entry »

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